Woman stumbles upon firefighters who saved her life

Erin Cassidy IFD reunion (Provided Photo/ IFD)
Erin Cassidy IFD reunion (Provided Photo/ IFD)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A casual conversation at an Indianapolis event lead a local 39-year-old woman to be reunited with the firefighters who saved her life.

Back in June, Cassidy became unresponsive while eating at St. Elmo’s with her now fiance, Steve Long. Cassidy stopped breathing and lost a pulse, so Long called 911.

Emergency responders arrived at the scene in just four minutes and realized Cassidy was in cardiac arrest. They were able to help Cassidy regain a pulse in a matter of minutes. She was then transported to IU Methodist Hospital where she remained in a coma for two days.

She was released from the hospital eight days later and calls her recovery a “miracle.” She now makes it her mission to encourage the public to learn two-handed CPR. That mission brought Cassidy to the American Heart Association “Go Red For Women” luncheon Friday.

IFD was also at the luncheon teaching CPR at a booth. Cassidy stopped by the booth and struck up a conversation about her near-death experience with the firefighters there. While telling the story about the night in June at St. Elmo’s, both the firefighters and Cassidy began to recognize each other.

Cassidy says the meeting was “the biggest gift I could ever receive.  I got to thank the people who saved my life. I only wish my fiancé was here to thank them too. He would love it.”

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