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Lawrenceville man thanks Gwinnett firefighters who saved his life

Lawrenceville resident Dave Kinsley, center, visited Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 15 Friday to thank the men who saved his life on New Year’s Day. (Special photo)

Lawrenceville resident Dave Kinsley, center, visited Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 15 Friday to thank the men who saved his life on New Year’s Day. (Special photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE — Dave Kinsley visited Gwinnett County Fire Station No. 15 on Friday to thank the men who helped save his life.

Kinsley hadn’t been feeling well for a few days when, on New Year’s Day, he asked his wife to call 911. When emergency personnel arrived at his Lawrenceville home, he was unconscious and had no pulse. Firefighters performed CPR and used a defibrillator before transporting him to the hospital.

“En route to the hospital, the patient regained consciousness and maintained a slow rhythm but still no pulse,” fire department spokesman Capt. Tommy Rutledge said. “Upon arrival at Gwinnett Medical Center, the patient was alert to verbal commands by paramedics.”

Kinsley survived and, on Friday, personally thanked the crew that kept him alive: Brooks Breedlove, Brian Caudle, Walter Ford, Julio Rodriquez and Kenny Wilson.

Kinsley was given a “Company 15” ball cap “just like the one worn by the firefighters,” Rutledge said.