OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A metro firefighter used to running toward danger ended up needing some help of his own.
That help came from his 12-year-old son — and an entire group of people. And now, he’s still alive to say “thanks.”
“I’ve definitely got people above me looking down on me, helping me, but I actually have a true (hero) living here today,” Pat Gantt said.
March 19 was the day the Overland Park fire captain nearly died. Gantt suffered from sudden cardiac arrest at home.
His 12-year-old son Trevor found him unconscious on the floor.
“I woke up and heard my dad making funny noises,” Trevor said. “I tried to wake him up, and then I called my mom who said to call 911, and I called 911.”
Trevor did exactly what his mom told him to do. He stayed calm and picked up the phone.
“Took it like I was taking a test at school — just stayed calm,” the 12-year-old said.
Overland Park firefighters, many of whom Gantt knew personally, responded to the call. They shocked Gantt’s heart three times before getting a pulse and rushing him to the hospital.
“This crew, my friends, my coworkers really dug deep and came through, and all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart,” Gantt said.
The 25-year veteran of the fire department said thanks to his son, and doctors, he hopes to return to work soon.