DC firefighter thanks bystanders who saved her life

A restaurant worker, two medical students and members of the fire department came to her aid


By FireRescue1 Staff

WASHINGTON — A D.C. firefighter got the chance to thank the bystanders who saved her life last month.

NBC Washington reported that D.C. Fire and EMS firefighter Angelia Boddie, a 20-year veteran, went into cardiac arrest behind the wheel of a car near a hospital. A restaurant worker, two medical students and members of the fire department came to her aid.

"Total strangers recognized there was an emergency and they acted," Boddie said.

Boddie, who was on duty at the time, was driving near the hospital when she got into a fender bender. The restaurant worker found Boddie leaned over the seat, foaming at the mouth. He called 911 and pulled Boddie out of the car. Nearby medical students began CPR and fire department members rushed her to the hospital.

"Without people in place and my co-workers, I wouldn't be here today," she said.

Boddie hopes to return to active duty soon.

 

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