Heart attack survivor thanks teammates for saving his life

A Kapolei heart attack survivor gave thanks Wednesday to those who saved his life.

On April 16, Dennis Kekona collapsed at the Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio.

The 64-year-old was playing in a softball game when he had a heart attack.

Kekona’s teammates and opposing players rushed to his aid, initiating CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to get his pulse back.

It had been recently donated to the league by the Elks Lodge.

“It is really gratifying for me and, as you can see, for my family, because it gave me more time with them,” Kekona said.

Honolulu paramedics Jon Hong and Darcel Hee continued treating Kekona who became responsive in the ambulance.

On Wednesday, he and members of the city’s Emergency Medical Services division recognized them with awards and lei for their life-saving actions.

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