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Northeast Times | October 23, 2021

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Colleyville First Responders and Dispatch Act Quick, Save a Life

Colleyville First Responders and Dispatch Act Quick, Save a Life

Tom Smith is home now. He’s expected to make a full recovery after a heart attack sent him to the hospital last week.

On the morning of August 6, Colleyville citizen Tom Smith went for a jog. When he returned home, he complained to his wife Jamie about feeling ill. He went to the bedroom to lay down but that’s when his wife heard a loud thud and ran in to find her husband on the floor with no pulse. She called 911, where the reassuring voice of long-time dispatcher Crystal Alexander greeted her on the other end.

For several minutes Crystal calmly walked Jamie through the steps to perform chest compressions on Tom. It was then that Colleyville Firefighters Robert Creamier and Matt Olson arrived on the scene and administered several rounds of electric shocks from their AED until Tom’s pulse returned.

While firefighters were working to stabilize Tom’s pulse and transport him to the hospital, Officer JJ Arenz arrived at the Smith residence. After seeing the family in distress, Officer Arenz decided to offer services not always typical of a police officer– he offered to pray with family.

For Tom and Jamie, there’s little doubt that prayer helped give Tom the extra push to survive. “It’s a miracle,” Tom said. “You can’t really repay someone for your life.”

Mayor Newton and the Colleyville City Council will recognize firefighters Robert Creamier and Matt Olson, dispatcher Crystal Alexander, and Officer Arenz at Tuesday’s council meeting. The public is invited to attend.