Off-Duty Panama City Fireman Saves Man's Life

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - A pit stop at the Tom Thumb, near Highway 390, in Bay County, turned into a story Lieutenant Billy Mixon shies away from telling.  
 
"I don't think I'm a hero at all," said Mixon.
 
A humble Mixon says he was just doing what he was trained to do and happened to be in the right place at the right time.
 
"Firemen, police, we're never truly off duty."
 
As Mixon is waiting for his wife in the parking lot at the gas station, he notices a young girl on her cell phone in distress. Seconds later, a stranger approached him and asked if he was an EMTor paramedic.
 
Mixon is then brough to a truck parked at the gas station, where the young girl is standing, hysterical. 
 
"It was her father. I looked over at him, he didn't look good."
 
The man is unresponsive in the drivers seat, changing colors, and at first has a faint pulse.
 
"He had a pulse but then it went away," said Mixon. "I actually felt his pulse go away."
 
Mixon immediately pops the man's seat back in the truck and begins chest compressions for the next 10 minutes. Mixon said the man's pulse went away, and came back, two more times, before police arrived on scene with an AED.
 
"I shocked him once," said Mixon. "I felt him, he had a pulse come back."
 
Bay County EMS arrived shortly after that and also shocked the patient, who began breathing in the ambulance.
 
It's a happy ending, but one Mixon isn't quick to take credit for. He says the hero in this situation is the patient's 14-year-old daughter.
 
"Being in the right mind to at least call 911, and find someone to help, because she didn't know what to do. She's the hero if you ask me," said Mixon.
 
"Me, I was [in the] right place, right time, doing what I was trained to do."
 
Mixon will receive a Community Life Saving Award from the Panama City Fire Department, for his actions.
 

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