Michigan firefighter suffers medical emergency on call; chief credited with getting him help

  • Source: ABC 12 News
  • Published: 12/19/2019 12:00 AM

A Vernon Township firefighter found himself in the middle of his own medical emergency during a call last weekend. Captain Anthony Karhoff was paged out for a carbon monoxide call Friday night. "We started to investigate the situation by looking at the CO and smoke detectors in the house and I started feeling kind of uncomfortable, sick to my stomach and nauseous," Karhoff said. Karhoff knew something wasn't right so he stepped outside to take a breather and gather himself. His symptoms end up worsening, he has trouble sitting up, talking and breathing. "All I could think about was my loved ones, everyone at home, the guys and stuff, but at the same time, being a firefighter, we have pride in ourselves and we don't want to ask for help," he said. Karhoff ends up radioing a call to his chief. "I don't remember exactly everything that happened. I know bits and pieces but the thing that really stuck out to me the most is his voice saying stay awake, stay awake, keep talking to me."


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