BRANDON, MS (WLBT) - While emotions can run high during some public meetings a different emotion was felt at the Rankin County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning. Tears flowed as Richland's Nancy Johnson was introduced to the people that saved her life after going into cardiac arrest in March 2010.
It's been a year since Johnson's brush with death and she had the opportunity at the meeting to publicly thank the first responders that have made her life possible.
"They don't get the credit that they are really do and I wanted to make sure they know," Johnson said. "I wanted to see the face of the person who helped save my life."
AMR paramedics and members of the Richland Fire Department were on-hand to receive Johnson's warm show of appreciation. For the emergency response team recognition for their live saving efforts is rare which why it was special for them.
Josh Marcus, the AMR paramedic that helped resuscitate Johnson, said it was great to see her doing so well.
"It feels good to be thanked for a usually thankless job," Marcus said. "It's important that victims get the chance to thank the rescuers, because it's therapeutic for them."
Johnson, like most in the board meeting, were overcome with emotion and has treated the incident as a rebirth.
"I literally died," Johnson recounted. "They had to shock me three times to get me back, so I kind of made a joke about it. This is my first birthday and I'm one (year-old) again.
The life altering event has also strengthened Johnson's faith.
"I was saved as a Christian when I was young," Johnson shared. "God got me then, now he's given me a second chance."
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