Firefighter saves his own dad’s life responding to 911 call

PHOENIX, AZ (WCMH) — Firefighters know that they have to be prepared to respond to any situation, but for one man, responding to a report of chest pains turned out to be more personal than what he expected.

Derek Dee told KNXV, when he hears the word “Code” he knows it means someone doesn’t have a heartbeat. “One of the more serious emergencies we can ever come across,” says Dee.

In one recent emergency when Dee heard the words “code” and “cardiac arrest”, it was the address that suddenly made the call anything but routine. It was his father suffering from a heart attack. “When you see your dad lying on the ground and his face is blue and he’s not breathing.”

But Dee’s firefighter skills set in and he took over the situation, and he shocked his dad back to life. “I was just saying come on dad, come on dad.”

Tommy Dee, Derek’s dad, doesn’t remember much from that night. “They said you’re one of the few that survived this,” he told KNXV.

Tommy now has a pacemaker, and Derek is just happy to still have time with his dad. “Something we’ll always cherish, me my dad, it’s a pretty special relationship builder.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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