A firefighter and EMT for the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department (DCVFD) was instrumental in saving a man’s life while off duty.
Victor Angry has received the 2018 Safety Award for Excellence for a situation that occurred on on October 3.
At 8:30 p.m., an older man approached Angry at Chinn Aquatics & Fitness Center in Woodbridge and mentioned that he wasn’t feeling well.
“So I sat him down and then he told me he was getting dizzy, and then he basically passed out right in my arms,” said Angry, who also serves as a personal trainer and staff assistant at the center.
After realizing that the man didn’t have a pulse, Angry — assisted by Lifeguards Noah Kirk and Cole McNamara — began performing CPR.
“I did two rounds of CPR — 30 chest compressions each — and then we shocked him,” Angry said. “And I got halfway into the third set of compressions, and he opened his eyes and took a deep breath.”
Angry’s role as a firefighter and EMT helped him address the situation.
“For me, it was kind of routine … I’ve done it enough that it just became second nature to me,” Angry said.
Angry received the safety award on Monday at the McCourt Building in Woodbridge.
But to him, the real reward is saving a life.
“The greatest award is the fact that [he] is alive. I didn’t really need an award for that,” Angry said. “I just need to know that he got a full recovery.”
Angry hopes that his story encourages community members to become CPR certified.
“My message for anyone is to get CPR certified … CPR is a real critical life skill that everybody should know, and you just never know,” he said.
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