By CBSNewYork Team

MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There was an emotional reunion Wednesday between a Nassau County man and a first responder who saved his life.

Wantagh resident Walter Obrisky hugged Nassau County EMT David Reed.

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Last May, Obrisky collapsed on his driveway and went into cardiac arrest. His wife called 911.

Reed was the responding police medic whose quick-thinking actions saved Obrisky’s life.

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“He worked over a half hour in my driveway on me. He never gave up. That’s the only reason I’m here. I owe everything to him,” Obrisky said.

“This is why I come to work, is to produce outcomes like this. It’s overwhelming to hear it and to be able to experience the gratitude, I guess, and to be able to meet somebody like this,” Reed said.

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Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder honored Reed for his heroic efforts.

CBSNewYork Team