Man meets the firefighters who saved his life

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HOUSTON, TX – There was a touching reunion in Houston Tuesday. Howard Sweed got to meet the guys who saved his life.

He recalled the morning he went into cardiac arrest saying, “I was out walking my dogs several weeks ago in the morning and I collapsed.”

Three people saw him go down. One watched the dogs, one called 911, and one acted as some sort of guardian angel.

“Another person, we don’t know who it is, stopped by, did CPR ’til these guys arrived, and then she disappeared.”

First responders with the Houston Fire Department showed up and got his heart going again.

“I’m very, very happy to be here to thank these guys. They do tremendous work, and I’m very grateful. I wouldn’t be standing here if it wasn’t for them.”

HFD Cpt. Manuel Chavez said, “It’s unbelievable. You don’t get to see the patients that you care for come back and thank you.”

Life for Sweed is almost back to normal. He said, “Now I have a defibrillator in my chest, but I’m alive to tell the story and very happy to be able to be around for my wife and my baby daughter.”

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