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First Responders Save Man's Life at Gulf Coast Jam

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - With three of country music's biggest stars taking center stage in Panama City Beach, thousands of people rocked out at Frank Brown Park for this year's Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam.

In the midst of more than 25,000 people on the night Thomas Rhett was set to take the stage, a man collapses to the ground and goes into cardiac arrest.

"We started CPR immediately when we got on scene and realized the patient needed it," said Lt. Garrett Jackson with Panama City Beach Fire Rescue.

He and Captain Tim Smith were the first two to arrive to the scene. 

"We had a lot of stuff to do in a short amount of time," said Smith.

Working quickly was crucial. Every minute counts as they try to get this man's heart beating again. 

"Within two minutes, he had been defibrillated once," said Jackson. "We continued patient care, he was probably on his way to the ER within 10 minutes."

However, both men say this was only made possible because of the incredible teamwork from multiple agencies.

A Bay County paramedic who is also standing by arrives quickly with proper medication. 

Other firefighters with PCBFR also assisted, while Beach police officers and sheriff's deputies controlled the crowd.

"Everyone did their job perfectly," said Smith. "We have a great relationship with Bay County EMS, Beach PD, and the sheriffs' office clearing thew ay to get through the tens of thousands of people."

The man was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and survived.

These two fireman credited everyone involved for saving the man's life.  


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