ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — A reunion in Roseville brought together people and the first responders who saved their lives on Thursday.
The Roseville Fire Department hosted the survivors breakfast for people they saved, with a lot like Ron Grove remembering how close they came.
The Roseville High teacher and PA announcer doesn’t even remember his story.
“I fainted. That’s all I know,” he said.
He might not remember that night last September, but hundreds of startled people do. As he announced a game between Roseville High and Rio Linda, fans heard screams coming from the press box.
“It turns out my heart had stopped through ventricular fibrillation,” he said.
Greg James, a seasoned battalion fire chief, just happened to be in the stands when it happened.
“It was a little intense that night,” he said. “I basically ran to the top of the bleachers and looked in the press box.”
He was shocked who was lying on the floor.
“Right in front of me is my old teacher, my old coach I’ve known for years,” James said. “I jumped through the window and checked for a pulse. He had no pulse.”
Because he was there for the game, he had no emergency equipment. But he had his hands.
“He was my heart for 10 minutes,” Grove said.
Within minutes, emergency crews got Grove’s heart going again. He didn’t hear the details about his story until James told him the next day.
“Lo and behold, the next day he’s sitting up at the hospital cracking jokes and asking how the game ended up,” James said.
These are the stories that will live forever.
“It kind of validates the work that we do, and it makes me realize how lucky I am to have this job,” James said.