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Firefighter survives on-duty 'widow-maker'

NC Firefighter Spagnoletti suffered a major heart attack while on duty

By Jennifer Young
Winston-Salem Journal

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Winston-Salem firefighter Tony Spagnoletti has 27 years of experience, but he wasn't expecting the kind of call he got last week — a close one — from "the widow-maker."

Spagnoletti suffered a major heart attack last Thursday while on duty at Fire Station 7 on Country Club Road. He returned Thursday, dressed in his Honor Guard uniform, to say thank you to his fellow fire-crew members and to EMS paramedics for helping save his life.

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Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, December 14, 2012 4:29:08 PM One of the hardest calls to make is at your own station for one of your own. We lost a Capt. while on duty due to an cranial anurysm. Congrats all the way around to everybody. Good thing ALS transport was quick to respond. I totally agree that transport is an art, and not just anyone should be able to drive. We always explained to patients that contrary to popular belief, ambulances don't ride like Cadillacs. I've compared it to a cross between large 4x4 and a log truck. And no, we don't drive "balls to the wall', especially with a patient on board and if one of the crew wasn't always able to sit.

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