A North Country man meets the first responders who saved his life

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A man who survived a heart attack thanks to the rapid response of his wife and first responders had the opportunity to meet the state troopers and paramedics who saved him Friday night.

Alan Brockbank of Schuyler Falls went into cardiac arrest on the evening of December 15. His wife, Shelly Brockbank, called 911 and immediately began performing CPR.

“She was instrumental in saving me because if she didn’t react as quickly as she did, I probably would’ve suffered irreparable damage,” Alan said.

As his wife was trying to save him, New York State Police Trooper Jim Egan happened to be in the area and arrived in just four minutes. 

Other state troopers and members of the Morrisonville-Schuyler Falls Ambulance Service also  responded. Alan was transported to CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, where he made a full recovery. 

“I want to express the most heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for saving my life,” Alan told the crowd of first responders and family at the ambulance station in Morrisville. “If it wasn’t for the efforts of all of you, I wouldn’t be standing here amongst my family, friends and new friends.”

Alan said that aside from his recovery, the past few weeks have also been difficult because he hasn’t been able to meet with first responders to thank them.

“Not being able to put a face with the names has been hard for me,” Alan said. “I could’ve seen you people on the street this morning and not known who you are. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity and honored to meet you all.”

Along with offering his gratitude to first reponders, Alan had an emotional thank you for his wife, handing her flowers and praising her work in the rescue.

“She gave me two beautiful children, a very loving, happy home, and now I can say she’s given me a second life,” Alan said.

Alan said he’s recovering nicely – his blood pressure is down, he’s lost 16 pounds, and after a stress test Friday morning, doctors said everything looks well.

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