Lifesavers: Delaware firefighter who suffered cardiac arrest at fire scene thanks first responders

MILL CREEK, Delaware (WPVI) — A Delaware firefighter had a chance to thank his fellow firefighters and first responders for saving his life this past summer.

Firefighter Jon Stewart, a former assistant chief and president of Mill Creek Fire Company, told Action News he was at the Marshallton fire station around 11 p.m. on July 29 when he received the call about a house fire near the Stoney Batter Road received.

Stewart was the first to arrive at the scene and reported to the company that the home in the Limestone Hills development had caught fire.

“I got out of the truck, opened the back door to get my firefighting gear, that’s all I remember. I collapsed at the scene of the fire,” Stewart said.

Stewart said he went into cardiac arrest and partially rolled under the truck.

He was found nine minutes later.

He said first responders performed CPR and were able to stabilize him.

Stewart was taken to Christiana Hospital.

“Waking up five days later and finding out what happened was a shock,” Stewart said.

Twelve people were honored with Life Saver Awards Monday night for their heroic efforts to save Stewart.

He was in the hospital for a total of nine days. He suffered broken ribs but was able to walk home.

“I thank these 12 men and women for those nine broken ribs,” Stewart said. “It does not bother me.”

Stewart said he was in the right place at the right time with the right people.

“If it had taken a few minutes longer, I probably wouldn’t be standing here talking to you about it,” Stewart said.

Over fifty firefighters responded to the fire, which resulted in a second alert.

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