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Tania Salem feared the worst when her husband and father of their newborn baby girl collapsed at their home in Irvine and stopped breathing. She called the experience "terrifying."

"Call his name," the operator suggests.

"Patrick! Patrick! Patrick! Please no!" Tania yells.

When paramedics arrived, they began CPR, using a defibrillator, even using a tube to help Patrick breathe. He shortly began to breathe normally and was taken to Hoag Hospital in Irvine.

On Wednesday, Patrick and Tania had the chance to thank the men who revived him.

"They saved my life and I'm grateful for that, and it's an incredible experience to have a second chance -- actually a third chance at life," Patrick said.

In 2008, Patrick was given a heart transplant. Doctors don't believe the transplant is what caused his collapse, but Patrick is thankful nonetheless.

While answering emergency calls is something paramedics do every day, the men who saved Patrick's life say it's rare to reunite with one of their patients.

Robert Davidson, a firefighter and paramedic with the Orange County Fire Authority, said the reunion was "rewarding and so fulfilling."

"This is exactly our goal, our objective and why we do what we do," Davidson said.

Patrick remains in the hospital while doctors monitor his heart. He's expected to make a full recovery.

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WSFD Firefighters Graduate the Academy
05/27/15 - West Springfield FF
FF. Justin Rainville and R.J. Link graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy on April 10th, 2015. As members of Class 226 both firefighters as well as 21 of their classmates from 12 different Massachusetts communities completed the vigorious 45 day program. Both FF. Rainville and Link were hired by WSFD in September 2014. Both firefighters are Air Force veterans with FF.
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05/27/15 - Local 1347
WSFD Firefighters Graduate the Academy
05/27/15 - West Springfield FF
FF. Justin Rainville and R.J. Link graduated from the Massachusetts Fire Academy on April 10th, 2015. As members of Class 226 both firefighters as well as 21 of their classmates from 12 different Massachusetts communities completed the vigorious 45 day program. Both FF. Rainville and Link were hired by WSFD in September 2014. Both firefighters are Air Force veterans with FF.
2 WSFD Firefighters Graduate the Fire Academy
05/27/15 - West Springfield FF
2 WSFD Firefighters graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy in Stow. Firefighters Justin Rainville and R.J. Link were members of MFA Class 226 and completed the 45 day training program on April 10th, 2015. Both firefighters were hired in September 2014. FF. Rainville is a veteran of the Air Force serving over seas in various missions.
Firefighter's Recieve K9 Training
05/27/15 - Belmont Firefighters
Today, Lori Gordon a Veterinarian for Massachusetts Task Force 1 came in to teach Belmont Fire Department EMT's and Paramedics how to assess and treat K9 injuries. Also on hand was Belmont Police Department K9 Officer Cory Taylor and his partner Grim.
Group 2 - 2nd Alarm Fire - Moraine Street
05/27/15 - Belmont Firefighters
On Thursday evening, May 14th, Group 2 responded to a reported building fire in an apartment complex on Moraine Street. Initial response was Engine 1, Engine 2, Ladder 1, Rescue 1, Car 3 and a Waltham Engine Company on the line box. On arrival heavy smoke was pushing from the charlie side, basement division. Car 3 transmitted a working fire, then a second alarm. Engine Co.
Death of Brother Chris Russell, Bossier City
05/27/15 - IAFF 14th District
The 14th District mourns the loss of Brother Chris Russell The brothers and sisters of the Bossier City Firefighters Association regretfully wish to inform our family across this great state association of the sudden tragic death of Brother Chris Russell. Chris was dearly loved and will be deeply missed. He was the perfect example of a father, fireman and human being.
Saint Paul Firefighters Local 21 Regret To Announce The Passing Of Retired FEO Duane Cunningham
05/27/15 - IAFF Local 21
Firefighters Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Firefighter Duane Cunningham.  Firefighter Cunningham passed on May 19, 2015.  Firefighter Cunningham started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on April 3, 1967 and retired on October 31, 1994. No Service.
IAFF Fallen Firefighter Memorial Procession Registration
05/27/15 - Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters
For those interested in being a part of the ceremony, we would like to request your participation in the 29th annual IAFF Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial Observance and the Fire Apparatus/ Motorcycle Procession preceding the observance. The 28th annual observance will take place Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 1:00 pm in Colorado Springs.
Last Alarm - Firefighter/EMT Richard "Rick" Gilbert - Englewood Fire Department
05/27/15 - IAFF Local 2546
Last Alarm Firefighter/EMT Richard “Rick” A. Gilbert January 25, 1981 - May 24, 2015 Englewood Fire Department It is with a heavy heart that Local 2546 announces the passing of our Englewood Brother Rick Gilbert on May 24th 2015.
IAFF 14th District Education Seminar
05/27/15 - IAFF 14th District
View in Browser   Register now and select your choice of training tracks for the 14th District Partnership Education Program (PEP) event, scheduled for July 23-24 2015 in Tunica, Mississippi.
2015 WSFD Charity Golf Tournament
05/27/15 - West Springfield FF
The West Springfield Firefighters Personnel Club is pleased to announce our annual charity golf tournament at Tekoa Country Club, Westfield MA, on July 31st, 2015. This golf tournament has been the major fundraising event for local charities in the area. With your support we can continue to make this event a success. Attached are both registration and sponsor forms.
3rd Annual Golf Tournament
05/27/15 - Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters
The Colorado Springs Professional Firefighters would like to invite all golfers to come out and play in our 3rd Annual Golf Tournament on August 1st! The Tournament will once again be held at the Pine Creek Golf Club of Colorado Springs.  Golfers will receive a gift from Oakley, and there will be many on course competitions.
Information Request - Arkansas
05/27/15 - IAFF 14th District
Please respond directly to Borther Billie Carter on his request below. First I wanted to briefly give you a heads up on what i am doing and heading up.  Ed Jaros and Wade Marshal recently appointed me as chair of the health and safety committee at our recent APFF convention.
Death/Disability updates
05/27/15 - IAFF Local 2866
The Cycle Continues: Retirements and Promotions for Local 2687
05/27/15 - Hamden Professional Firefighters
Platoon 3 members gathered outside Station 3 on Wednesday, April 29th, 2015 to honor retiring Battalion Chief Don LaBanca. Chief LaBanca started his career in 1978 as a firefighter on Platoon 3 and worked as shift commander of platoon 3 for the last 9 years of his career.  Chief LaBanca retired the next morning following thirty-seven years of service with the Hamden Fire Department.
Malden Fire Honor Guard
05/26/15 - IAFF Local 902
The Malden Fire Honor Guard Participated in the Year's Memorial Day Parade
May 10th Structure Fire
05/26/15 - IAFF Local 892
Platoon 4 responded to a structure fire May 10th at 8 Peck St. Battalion 1 arrived on scene and reported a working fire on the first floor of a 2 story wood frame. One occupant was out of the building reporting that everyone was out.
Saint Paul Firefighters Local 21 Regret To Announce The Passing Of Retired Firefighter Charles McCallum
05/26/15 - IAFF Local 21
Firefighters Local 21 regrets to announce the passing of retired Firefighter Charles McCallum.  Firefighter McCallum passed on May 23, 2015.  Firefighter MaCallum started with the Saint Paul Fire Department on May 1, 1949 and retired on August 30, 1984.
Notice for St. Florian Nominations
05/26/15 - IAFF Local 42
Currently, there are vacancies on the St. Florian Fund Board of Directors.  The Board is currently seeking nominations to fill these vacancies.   The St.
05/26/15 - IAFF Local 21
3rd Annual Guns vs Hoses Benefit Hockey Game
05/26/15 - Kootenai County Fire and Rescue IAFF Local 2856
On May 29th Frontier Ice Arena will be hosting the 3rd Annual Guns vs Hoses Benefit hockey game in Coeur d’Alene, ID. The teams will be represented by local Law Enforcement and Fire Agencies. Ticket prices for the game are just $5 with 2 cans of food or $7 without, kids 12 and under are free! Come out and join a great cause with your family.
Help Needed for June Seminar
05/25/15 - IAFF Local 794
We need help setting-up for the June Firefighting Seminar the week of June 1st-6th. If you are available for any amount of time the week of June 1st, Please sign up here for anything you can help with.
Lexington Professional Firefighters Memorial Day PSA
05/25/15 - Lexington Firefighters IAFF Local 526
Memorial Day 2015
05/25/15 - Richardson Fire Fighters Association
Today we honor the soldiers who fought and died for our country. Gone but not forgotten.
Celebrating Memorial Day
05/25/15 - Fargo Fire Fighters
Please take time today to remember those that went before us so we could be where we are.
Thank Our Military Troops on Memorial Day
05/25/15 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
IAFF - Remember the Fallen:
05/25/15 - IAFF Local 794
Congratulations to Lt. Pat Burno and Capt. Bob Taylor on your retirements! Thank you for the many years of service and all you've done for our department.
5th Annual Fire up the Bands
05/25/15 - IAFF local 2731
Memorial Day
05/25/15 - Professional Fire Fighters of McKinney, IAFF Local 2661
2014 Firefighter of the Year
05/25/15 - Shelby Twp. IAFF Local 1338
Peers say 2014 Firefighter of the Year is a ‘go-to guy’ Shelby Township firefighter paramedic Jeremy Chesnutt, right, displays his 2014 Firefighter of the Year Award, which Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski, left, presented to Chesnutt in the Shelby Township boardroom May 19.
Death of Retired Brother Herman "Hermie" Kilwein
05/24/15 - IAFF Local 452
 Retired Local 452 member, Herman Kilwein, passed away May 23rd.  Brother Kilwein, was a very popular guy with all shifts.  He could hide and not be found.  During his time, each shift had a locked food locker and a padlocked refrigerator.  None of that could keep Hermie out.
4th Division members rescue puppy.
05/24/15 - IAFF local 825
On Saturday night May 23rd 2015, 4th Division members from Engine Company 11 and Squad Company 2 were dispatched the area of 232 Cedar St in a humanitarian effort to assist a dog stuck in a culvert pipe 12ft down an embankment. Squad 2 Firefighter Edward Taylor who is also a professional dog trainer, was able to reach the dog, and bring him up safely.
Fire guts businesses at 940 Boston Road in Springfield
05/24/15 - IAFF Local 648
Volunteers Needed for June Seminar
05/23/15 - IAFF Local 794
Volunteers are needed for our June seminar from June 4-7. Please sign up under message board.
Happy Memorial Weekend!
05/23/15 - IAFF Local 1403
This Memorial weekend we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We honor the brave men and women who defended our freedom.
25th Annual MDA Golf Tournement
05/23/15 - Belmont Firefighters
Belmont Firefighters Local will be hosting our 25th Annual MDA Golf Tournament on Friday June 26th at 8am at the Sandy Burr Country Club in Wayland. We still have a couple foursomes available. Cost is $150 per person and includes: Cart, Breakfast, Lunch and Buffet Dinner - Shot Gun Start, Scramble Play. Hole Sponsors are also available for $200 - Please Help Us Support a Great Cause.
Springfield Fire Department welcomes 13 recruits, including 1st Hispanic female firefighter
05/23/15 - IAFF Local 648
Contract negotiations
05/23/15 - IAFF Local 1403
Contract negotiations will be held at our Union hall on June 1 (Monday C shift) at 10:30 AM.
We pause and remember this Memorial Day
05/23/15 - IAFF Local 4416
Memorial Day PSA from Local 1431
05/22/15 - Medford Firefighters Local 1431
Memorial weekend 2015
05/22/15 - IAFF Local 1014
IAFF Fire Fighters Thank Those Who Have Sacrificed For Us Problems viewing video? click above HAVE A GREAT MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND Local 1014 has had quite a busy last few months to say the least.
RFFA Executive Board Members Sworn in May 20th, 2015.
05/22/15 - Richardson Fire Fighters Association
The RFFA Local 1954 swore in our newest executive board members during our May 20th, 2015 meeting. Thanks for your dedication of service for the greater good!  Featured left to right: A-Shift Trustee Buddy Hughes, 3rd Vice President Allan Journey, President Billy Whitson, and B-Shift Trustee Cody King.
EMS Week
05/22/15 - Portsmouth Professional Fire Fighters
PRH Celebrates EMS Week and Local Providers  EMS Week is marked with a banquet to recognize the great providers in the Seacoast. Portsmouth Hospital Emergency Department awards area EMS workers with a variety of awards. This year members of Local 1313 were awarded several accolades. Congratulations to all.
05/22/15 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
A moment for our Veterans
05/22/15 - Alaska Professional Fire Fighters Association
Support the 21
05/22/15 - IAFF 1826
~~SUPPORT FMFD 21 Due to unfortunate circumstances Fort Myers Fire Department had to layoff 21 Fire Fighters. Please help support our efforts to raise the necessary funds to help support our fellow Fire Fighters in this time of need. Wear this Shirt Proudly and show your support the FMFD 21. Please SHARE with the SHARE link on the top right of this page and help us spread the word.
May 28, 2015
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