Local tow truck driver helps man suffering a heart attack

Published: Jun. 19, 2016 at 10:57 PM MST|Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A local man is thanking the tow truck driver he credits for saving his life.
"I may not have been here if it hadn't been for you," Paul Brittenham said.
When his car broke down at the beginning of June, he had no idea the man who showed up to tow his car would soon play a critical role in his
life. While in the cab of the A & L Towing truck, Brittenham began to have severe chest pains. He turned to the driver, Eric Ahumada.
 "I said do you mind if we stop off at TMC at the Emergency Room. I think I'm having a heart attack," Brittenham said.
Ahumada looked over at him in disbelief. "It was kind of shocking because we were talking and then a pause."
Brittenham had just suffered a major heart attack three months ago. With every minute that ticked by, it was getting harder for him to breathe. Ahumada rushed him to the hospital and even went in to stay by his side until his wife arrived.
 "It was a miracle that someone would care enough this day in age," Paul's wife, Gin Brittenham said.

Although Ahumada did much more than what his job entails, he remains modest about his actions.
"Oh just to make sure he was okay.  His safety was everything," Ahumada said.

As Brittenham continues to recover, he reflects on the kindness of a stranger who he now considers a friend.
"I couldn't believe there was somebody around willing to do that. I mean it was just unbelievable," Brittenham said. 

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