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Heart Attack Survivor Thanks First Responders at Ceremony in Albemarle

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

An Albemarle County man had the chance to thank the first responders who saved his life after a heart attack. A special ceremony was held at the Albemarle County Office Building Wednesday morning. 

Bruce Barkley was tremendously thankful for the quick response from Albemarle Fire & Rescue, even calling his survival a miracle. But many of those first responders don't consider themselves heroes, and gave a lot of credit to Barkley's wife, Carolyn.

Carolyn called 911 and administered CPR based on the instructions she was given over the phone. She did that until an officer and first responders arrived.

At the ceremony Wednesday morning, both Carolyn and Bruce Barkley not only thanked everyone involved, but said the experience brought them closer together and has given them a new outlook on life.

"I'm just so grateful that I have him because we really do, the things that run in our lives from day-to-day moment to moment we just assume that it's going to always be there, but this is not the case now I know,” said Carolyn Barkley, Bruce’s wife.

The event was formally called "Chain of Survival" and was also an opportunity to talk about the five key pieces of action that can increase someone's chance of surviving this kind of incident.

Many of the first responders present at the ceremony said they were just doing their jobs, but it's moments like Bruce's that are especially reassuring because unfortunately, this kind of outcome doesn't happen all the time.

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