PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — East Greenwich teenager Anthony Petrone suffered a heart attack in March, and on Friday – he and the American Red Cross celebrated the men who saved his life.
When the student-athlete went into cardiac arrest, Timothy Crandall was there to help. Crandall, the East Greenwich High School Athletic Trainer, is a former EMT with CPR certification and he knew exactly what to do.
Soon after, the fire department arrived and continued medical care, which eventually saved Petrone’s life.
“Once you’re in that situation, you really rely on your training and instincts to do exactly what you’ve been taught in the past,” Crandall said.
Crandall and the East Greenwich Fire Department were given the Lifesaving Hero Award at the third annual American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast.
Anthony Petrone attended the breakfast with his mother, Keelin.
The heart attack, though very premature, allowed doctors to diagnose Petrone with a birth disorder he was previously unaware of.
He and his family are thankful that they now have an opportunity to treat it.
“Thank you just isn’t enough, they saved my life. I owe them everything,” he said.