A Phoenix woman was presented the Phoenix Fire Department Lifesaving Award Monday for her quick response that ultimately saved her husband’s life.
“I never expected this, I’m so surprised,” said Jen Capozello. “I did what I needed to do. I had been through CPR re-training and the instructor saying ‘You’re not going to make them more dead. They’re already dead.’ I knew I wasn’t going to hurt him.”
On Nov. 30, 2014 at approximately 4 a.m., Phoenix Fire Department responders received an emergency call for an adult male who was not breathing and had no pulse. The units arrived, performed lifesaving skills and transported the man to the hospital where he had a 100 percent occlusion to his right coronary artery. According to Phoenix Fire, the women’s actions bought the victim time.
“I still can’t believe that I died,” said Danny Capozella. “I’m so grateful, but I how can I ever repay her for what she did for me? It’s impossible,” he added.
The Capozella family hopes that people will pay attention to symptoms and call for help if needed.
They also encourage all Valley residents to take time out to learn CPR.
“I would encourage everyone to get trained. You learn that the person you are going to save is a loved one and that’s exactly what happened to me,” said Capozella.