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EMS technician suffers heart attack while giving CPR to patient in ambulance

By Mason White 3:39 AM August 20, 2013
Joseph Hardman (left) 

By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) An emergency worker, who was administering CPR to a patient inside an ambulance, suffered a heart attack and nearly died, according to emergency workers in Michigan.

A Detroit Emergency Medical Service technician performing CPR on a patient on the way to the hospital suddenly had a heart attack himself.

“Joseph Hardman had a heart attack on the way to hospital,” union representative Joe Barney said in a statement. “He was about to die, and he had to go into surgery,” he also said.

Thirty EMS technicians have recently left the department due to poor working conditions and loss of wages, Barney said. The department has been reduced to about 150 from 304, eight years ago.

Hardman was able to drop off his patient at the hospital alive while he was having a heart attack, then, he went to the emergency room, where he was treated immediately. He survived, and is in fact just three beds away from the guy he brought to the hospital.

“I talked to him this afternoon to make sure his family was well, and he is doing better,” Barney said. “But he’s scared. The stress of the job is getting to him,” he also said.