Left for dead, Independence couple meets lifesaving paramedics

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- An Independence couple shot and left for dead in their driveway last January is alive and recovering, largely in part to the first responders who took care of them. Thursday, the couple had a chance to say, ‘thank you.’

Centerpoint Medical Center is celebrating EMS Week by reuniting victims with the people who save them. It was a few life changing moments for Pamela and Carl Bryant on a cold January morning.

“Pretty bad to see your wife shot five times, but we made it through,” Carl said.

The Bryants were attacked, shot and left for dead. The next thing Pamela remembered was sirens.

“I remember me and Carl laying there talking to each other to make sure we were both okay,” said Pamela. “I remember the emergency people coming; I do not remember what anybody looked like.”

Thursday, she got to see exactly who was there that morning and helped save both her and her husband’s lives. Centerpoint Medical Center honored the first responders for EMS week and reunited them with the Bryants.

“For me, it's hard to find the word how great of a job they've done,” said Carl.

For one of the paramedics, this was special time.

“It feels really, really good to be able to meet them, don’t get to see the outcomes very often and you always kinda wonder what happened in the back of your mind,” said paramedic Jennifer Nance.

EMT Cole Toliver felt the same way, the last time he saw Carl, he was in bad shape

“Unfortunately when I saw Mr. Bryant he was covered in wounds and very injured and in and out of consciousness. [It was] like seeing him for the first time, actually, very surreal and very great meeting him,” Toliver said.

Reunions like this one take place often at Centerpoint, to give those involved in tense life and death situations, a chance to share some good times.

“It was wonderful, it was great, you never think you are gonna get to meet the people who saved your life,” Pamela said.

The suspect charged with shooting the Bryants was charged soon after the incident. Jeffery Wahl was one of their neighbors.  He was charged with two counts of assault and armed criminal action.

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