EMS Tech Suffers Heart Attack While Giving CPR, Drops Patient Off First

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Detroit emergency medical services technician Joseph Hardman was performing CPR on a patient in an ambulance Saturday when he began having a heart attack himself. Hardman didn’t let that stop him from doing his job.

Already en route to the hospital, he dropped off the patient first before seeking medical attention at the emergency room.

Union representative Joe Barney said Hardman “dropped his patient off alive while he was having a heart attack, then went to the ER, where they treated him immediately. He survived, and he’s in fact laying three beds over from the guy he brought into the hospital.”

“He nearly died, had to go to surgery,” Barney said of Hardman.

Barney said 30 technicians have left the department because of loss of pay or working conditions. Eight years ago there were 304 techs. Now there are only about 150.

“I talked to [Hardman] this evening to make sure his family was OK, and he’s doing better,” Barney said. “But he’s scared. The stress of the job is getting to be too much.”

Sources: Detroit Free Press, Digital Journal