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Firefighter Recovering After Suffering Heart Attack At Scene Of Car Fire

Posted April 25, 2003 9:04 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh firefighter is recovering after suffering a heart attack while responding to a car fire on the campus of North Carolina State University Thursday morning.

Lt. Mike Clayton is recovering at Rex Hospital and is expected to be released in a few days, according to the Raleigh Fire Department.

When Clayton collapsed after being stricken, Raleigh firefighters J.J. Roof and N.L. Massey immediately used an automatic defibrillator to revive their colleague.

The firefighters said they hve saved hundreds of lives during their six years with the department, but never imagined they'd be saving one of their own.

"To have somebody laying on the ground that you know -- that's pretty close to you -- it's a different feeling," Massey said. "When he took the first gasp of air and was trying to come back, it lightened the mood a whole bunch. It really did."

Clayton joined the department in Dec. 1983.