A Peninsula Township man is survived the most dangerous kind of heart attack, all thanks to the quick action of firefighters and their new equipment.
Gordon Hayward called 911 after having chest pain. He was having a STEMI heart attack, a severe and dangerous condition that requires an immediate operation.
Peninsula Township firefighters used their ALS, or Advanced Life Support equipment kits and started an IV on the spot and treated him without waiting for another ambulance to arrive.
They got him to the hospital within minutes, where surgeons removed blockages in his arteries and saved him from the deadly heart attack some have nicknamed “the widow maker.”
Hayward is alive thanks to the quick efforts by Peninsula firefighters Paul Lipke, Mike Bryan, Bethany Wyman, and Grant Blackmer and the ALS technology they were able to use on him.