FOX 66 News at Ten
ALBANY, Ore. - Nothing was going right for Rian Kirkpatrick on Sunday morning.
And that turned out to be key when things went horribly wrong for Gary Darcey.
Darcey, 75, was relaxing at home and waiting for Kirkpatrick to finish repairing his Dish Network service.
Kirkpatrick got to the Darcey home at 8:30 a.m. but soon realized he need a part that wasn't in his truck.
While meeting up with a colleague to get the part, Kirkpatrick's truck got stuck in the mud.
By the time he returned to the Darcey home, it was noon.
Turns out, Kirkpatrick was right on time.
"It had been one of the worst days," he said, "and then all of a
sudden it was like I was called on to do things, and I just went ahead
and took care of it."
As he repaired the Darcey's TV service, Gary Darcey turned red and started making audible grunts.
Kirkpatrick took action while Bonnie Darcey called 911.
"I pulled him down onto the floor, laid him out flat and I started chest compressions," Kirkpatrick said.
Bonnie said her husband didn't have a pulse but that Kirkpatrick
continued performing CPR for 10 to 15 minutes until paramedics arrived.
First responders were not optimistic Gary Darcey, who has a history of heart problems, would make it.
But soon after arriving at the hospital, Gary Darcey stabilized.
Bonnie Darcey said the Dish repairman Kirkpatrick is a hero and the only
reason her husband is now recovering in the hospital ICU.
"Repairmen don't usually get a chance to be a hero," she said, "and he was."
Tuesday, March 4 2014, 11:24 AM EST
National News Headlines
|Wind, weather add fuel to weeks-old Northern California wildfires sparked by lightning|
|The U.S. Forest Service says a pair of wildfires sparked by lightning nearly three weeks ago continues to grow while threatening as many as 250 homes in far Northern California.|
|People rally outside Ohio Wal-Mart where young man with air rifle was fatally shot by police|
|As many as 200 people held signs and chanted outside an Ohio Wal-Mart where a young man with an air rifle was fatally shot by police.|
|Witnesses describe fatal dog attack on Michigan jogger during owners' preliminary examination|
|A witness told a judge during a preliminary examination for the owners of two dogs that fatally mauled a jogger that he had to shoot at the animals to make them flee.|
|St. Louis County officer who patrolled Ferguson retires amid review into inflammatory video|
|Police say a suspended St. Louis County officer who had been assigned to patrols in Ferguson has retired amid a review of 2012 video in which the officer calls himself "a killer" and makes incendiary comments about religion and U.S. political leaders.|
|NYC police investigate tot's death after day care; dad says she was unresponsive in car seat|
|New York City police are investigating the death of a 14-month-old girl after she was picked up from day care.|
|After reboot, NYC Sandy-repair program faces test of its turnaround; officials say it'll pass|
|A New York City home repair program has been sprinting to meet a self-imposed deadline to signal a turnaround in Superstorm Sandy recovery.|
|Rally in Ferguson held 3 weeks after Brown's death; attendees say movement just beginning|
|A few hundred people are gathering again in Ferguson to remember Michael Brown and draw attention to what they say is just the beginning of a movement.|
|Corvette Museum board decides to fill in entire sinkhole that swallowed 8 prized sports cars|
|A massive sinkhole that swallowed eight sports cars won't be a permanent attraction at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.|
|New York teen dies in Lamborghini test drive|
|A New York teen taking a test drive of a family friend's Lamborghini has died after crashing the high-powered sports car into a guardrail.|
|Ferguson slowly starting to make a comeback after rioting, looting in wake of Brown shooting|
|The unmistakable signs of healing are beginning to dot Ferguson, even the small area of town that was the center of attention for three weeks.|