Shocking Gary

Shocking Gary

GARY'S STORY

The day was August 26, 2014. It was a normal day at work. One of my coworkers and I went out to dig a couple post holes.

I went home to lunch. When I got home to lunch I felt a little twinge between my shoulder blades and I’m thinking, “Oh gosh, I’m getting old.” I felt like I pulled a muscle or something in my back. It went away. It just kind of let me know that there was a pain there. Didn’t think nothing of it.

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GARY'S STORY

The day was August 26, 2014. It was a normal day at work. One of my coworkers and I went out to dig a couple post holes.

I went home to lunch. When I got home to lunch I felt a little twinge between my shoulder blades and I’m thinking, “Oh gosh, I’m getting old.” I felt like I pulled a muscle or something in my back. It went away. It just kind of let me know that there was a pain there. Didn’t think nothing of it.


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I remember waking up in the emergency room with my family. My wife and my daughter and son and my oldest daughter’s daughter was there.

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I remember waking up in the emergency room with my family. My wife and my daughter and son and my oldest daughter’s daughter was there.

I happened to go into the maintenance closet and all of a sudden I felt just super lightheaded. I got a garbage cart sitting right there, so I started to lean over the garbage cart to…

Where I was really lucky was normally during lunch hour the doctor isn’t there. His office is probably 20 feet away from my door, plus there was another guy nurse that was on the other side of me. He didn’t leave either, so I had two people right there during lunch hour, couldn’t have been in a better place. Anyway, they both heard me hit the floor and they were both right there on me just that quick.

Anyway, next thing I know I’m waking up, I’m on the floor and I’m in doctor’s arms. Doctor’s on the floor with me and I’m in his arms and I’m trying to get up. I said, “I need to get up because I can’t breathe,” and he says, “You ain’t going anyplace.” I said, “Plus I have some work I need to get done.” He goes, “You’re not going anywhere.”

He told me afterwards, and I don’t remember, was they … I call it they fired me up. They got the paddles out and blasted me the one time and I came to. It took just the one and I came to. I’m laying there and they’re not going to let me up, and I didn’t realize that I’d had a heart attack.

I don’t remember the ambulance people coming in. There was three of them, the EMTs, three of them come in. Their door just happens to be right back there where I’m at too, so they didn’t have to transport me very far to get into the ambulance.

One of the EMTs is my niece and she was the one that was there with me in the back. A strong little girl, because she goes, “Wow, this is my uncle.” She had to hit me 3 more times on the way to Sky Lakes. . Three times from Chiloquin, which is probably 27 miles from Chiloquin to here.

I remember waking up in the emergency room with my family. My wife and my daughter and son and my oldest daughter’s daughter was there. They were waiting for I guess me to come to to say yes take me down and do whatever you have to do. Anyway, I had a talk with a family and told them this is a serious situation we’re in and I said some people come out of it and some don’t. I told them that I loved them and I might not see them again.

The next thing . I remember was waking up, must have been on recovery. I think the doctor was still there. My first question was to the doctor, I says, “Did you light me up?” He goes, “What?” I said, “Did you light me up?” He goes, “Did you feel it?” I go, “No, I didn’t feel nothing,” I said, “but in my mind I felt like I flipped completely over and landed on my hands and knees.” He says, “Well yeah, we had to shock you one more time.”

And that was 5.

I think it was the next day the doctor from the clinic where I worked came to see me. I told him, I said, “My chest is killing me now. It just hurts like heck. What’d you do?” He says, “Well, you’re lucky I didn’t break any of your ribs.” He said, “We were just pounding and pounding you.” He says, “I could’ve done this for a lifetime and you wasn’t coming to.” He said, “You weren’t coming back.” He said, “But when I put the paddles on you,” he said, “I shocked you one time and you popped right up out of it.”

I understand. I am lucky. I mean really lucky that I was where I was at when it happened. I felt now and I still feel that way that I was really lucky that I fell between the doctor and the head nurse there. I understand. I am lucky. I mean really lucky that I was where I was at when it happened. I felt now and I still feel that way that I was really lucky that I fell between the doctor and the head nurse there.


We all can’t be as lucky as Gary. If you are experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Chest Pain
  • Discomfort in the upper body
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cold Sweat and Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Racing Heart

To learn more about our emergency services click here:

Learn more here

I happened to go into the maintenance closet and all of a sudden I felt just super lightheaded. I got a garbage cart sitting right there, so I started to lean over the garbage cart to…

Where I was really lucky was normally during lunch hour the doctor isn’t there. His office is probably 20 feet away from my door, plus there was another guy nurse that was on the other side of me. He didn’t leave either, so I had two people right there during lunch hour, couldn’t have been in a better place. Anyway, they both heard me hit the floor and they were both right there on me just that quick.

Anyway, next thing I know I’m waking up, I’m on the floor and I’m in doctor’s arms. Doctor’s on the floor with me and I’m in his arms and I’m trying to get up. I said, “I need to get up because I can’t breathe,” and he says, “You ain’t going anyplace.” I said, “Plus I have some work I need to get done.” He goes, “You’re not going anywhere.”

He told me afterwards, and I don’t remember, was they … I call it they fired me up. They got the paddles out and blasted me the one time
and I came to. It took just the one and I came to. I’m laying there and they’re not going to let me up, and I didn’t realize that I’d had a heart attack.

I don’t remember the ambulance people coming in. There was three of them, the EMTs, three of them come in. Their door just happens to be right back there where I’m at too, so they didn’t have to transport me very far to get into the ambulance.

One of the EMTs is my niece and she was the one that was there with me in the back. A strong little girl, because she goes, “Wow, this is my uncle.” She had to hit me 3 more times on the way to Sky Lakes. . Three times from Chiloquin, which is probably 27 miles from Chiloquin to here.

I remember waking up in the emergency room with my family. My wife and my daughter and son and my oldest daughter’s daughter was there. They were waiting for I guess me to come to to say yes take me down and do whatever you have to do. Anyway, I had a talk with a family and told them this is a serious situation we’re in and I said some people come out of it and some don’t. I told them that I loved them and I might not see them again.

The next thing . I remember was waking up, must have been on recovery. I think the doctor was still there. My first question was to the doctor, I says, “Did you light me up?” He goes, “What?” I said, “Did you light me up?” He goes, “Did you feel it?” I go, “No, I didn’t feel nothing,” I said, “but in my mind I felt like I flipped completely over and landed on my hands and knees.” He says, “Well yeah, we had to shock you one more time.”

And that was 5

I think it was the next day the doctor from the clinic where I worked came to see me. I told him, I said, “My chest is killing me now. It just hurts like heck. What’d you do?” He says, “Well, you’re lucky I didn’t break any of your ribs.” He said, “We were just pounding and pounding you.” He says, “I could’ve done this for a lifetime and you wasn’t coming to.” He said, “You weren’t coming back.” He said, “But when I put the paddles on you,” he said, “I shocked you one time and you popped right up out of it.”

I understand. I am lucky. I mean really lucky that I was where I was at when it happened. I felt now and I still feel that way that I was really lucky that I fell between the doctor and the head nurse there. I understand. I am lucky. I mean really lucky that I was where I was at when it happened. I felt now and I still feel that way that I was really lucky that I fell between the doctor and the head nurse there.


We all can’t be as lucky as Gary. If you are experiencing these symptoms, call 911 immediately:

  • Chest Pain
  • Discomfort in the upper body
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Cold Sweat and Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Racing Heart

To learn more about our emergency services click here:

Learn More Here

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