A team effort helped save a Fulton man's life.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 27, John Johnson began experiencing difficulty breathing at his home.
Family members called 911, which set in motion the team response that would ultimately save his life.
After obtaining the necessary information, the 911 operator dispatched Central Fire Protection District, Fulton Fire Department and Callaway County EMS units to the scene, according to a release.
The 911 operator stayed on the line with Johnson's family member to reassure them and keep them calm until emergency responders arrived at the scene.
Units from the fire department arrived first and found Johnson to be in significant respiratory distress, according to a release.
When the Callaway County EMS unit arrived on the scene, the ALS crew found Johnson to be in severe respiratory distress that required immediate intervention.
While preparing to place Johnson on BiPAP, he experienced seizure like activity and suffered a cardiac arrest. CPR was initiated by responders.
ALS treatment was initiated, including an IV infusion, epinephrine cardiac monitoring, drug assisted intubation, and the use of a transport ventilator, according to a release.
After approximately 5 minutes of CPR and ALS care, Johnson's heart began beating on its own and his condition improved. ALS supportive care was maintained during transport to the hospital.
Johnson maintained a pulse during the transport to the hospital where he was released to the ER staff.
Johnson was eventually released from the hospital to return home.
The positive outcome of this case would not have been possible without the team effort of Callaway County Joint Communications (Chastity Winingear and Pace McKinney), Central Fire Protection District (Holly Spencer), Fulton Fire Department (Steve Sessler, Lance Williams, Daniel Bailey, Jeremy Milam) and Callaway County EMS (Reagan Delima, William Murray, and Susan Hertzler-Volz), according to a release.
These individuals were presented with Callaway County EMS's Life Saving Award in recognition of their actions to save Johnson's life.