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Off -duty Birmingham Firefighter saves life after vic crashes into him

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An off-duty Birmingham firefighter saved a man's life after the victim crashed into his car.

First responder, Rob Trautwein, was running errands near his Trussville home when Jack Martin's car collided with his.

Martin had suffered a life-threatening heart condition known as ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation.

Trautwein, a certified EMT, was able to use a defibrillator from a nearby physical therapy location to re-start Martin's heart. He then started performing CPR.

Martin woke up in the hospital six days after the incident with no knowledge of what happened, but tremendous gratitude. "They went over the thing with me, with the EKGs, and it showed where I had actually died twice," Martin said.  "The doctor told me, he said, had not the individual… the EMT... not been there… you wouldn't have made it to the hospital."

Trautwein is extremely humble about the entire situation. "I've told everybody that I believe it was a God thing that we were there at the same time," Trautwein said. "I wasn't going to run errands, I decided to run errands."

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