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DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver man classified as dead was brought back to life thanks to a stranger. Weeks later the two finally met for an emotional reunion.
A heart attack knocked Steve Entringer off his bike in late June. He was in front of Josh Ramos’ house when his dog began to bark.
“So immediately turned around and grabbed my cellphone,” Ramos said.
He called 911 and followed directions to make Entringer comfortable.
“I don’t feel like, per se, a hero. I just feel like somebody would do this,” Ramos said.
Less than two minutes later paramedics arrived with their defibrillator.
“I think we ultimately shocked him two times and then we did get pulses back,” paramedic Leigh Foster said.
A blocked artery caused the attack.
“He had sudden death because of this,” Dr. Carlin Long said.
Long said quick action by all saved Entringer.
“This is early hospital cardiac lifesaving behavior,” Long said.
Entringer spent 36 hours in a medically induced coma. When he woke up he was shocked again.
“They were saying what happened, I actually did die, whoa, I was dead?” Entringer said.
For weeks Entringer kept wondering who found him. When he learned Ramos’ name he cried.
“Without you, I would be gone,” he told Ramos.
Entringer knows he’s lucky. He’s also thinking been thinking about his mother. She also had a heart problem.
“I talked to my dad last night and he said someone was watching over me. I knew he meant my mother,” he said.
Ramos meanwhile had no idea Entringer had survived until last week.
“I’m ecstatic, I’m happy,” he said.
After a lifesaving experience, they’re not about to say goodbye.
“Oh, I don’t think I cannot stay in touch with my savior,” Entringer said.