Why One Woman Is Very Thankful A Volunteer Firefighter Stopped For Gas
Members of the Madison County Board honored volunteer firefighter Keith Mills for his heroic actions, but it had nothing to do with a fire.
"I can't thank you enough for what you did," said board chairman Alan Dunstan.
Keith Mills decided to leave work early to get a haircut. Thank goodness he did. If Mills didn't, Michelle Clark might not be alive today.
"I snuck out of work about half an hour early to go get a haircut on the way home," he said. While out running errands, he stopped for gas. That's when he noticed Michelle Clark walk out of the convenience store and collapse. He ran over and did what any hero would do, began chest compressions.
"I grab my EMS medical gloves out of the car and ran over there," Mills said.
Someone called 911 while Clark remained completely unresponsive as Mills completed repeated rounds of 100 chest compressions until paramedics arrived.
"I thought she had about zero chance. I thought there was no chance she was coming back," Mills said. But his phone began to ring a few days later. Clark's family was trying to contact him to thank him for saving her life.
"We were starting to get texts and emails and Facebook messages saying that someone was looking for us," he said.
They wanted to thank him and let him know she was recovering in ICU. One message said if it wasn't for his actions, they would be planning her funeral right now. As of now, Mills hasn't met anyone from her family but he hopes to.