FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- First responders who helped a son save his father's life over the phone finally met the pair face-to-face on Tuesday night.
Tyler Tacy will never forget July 27, he said. One moment, he and his father, Steve, were working on wiring inside a building on Le Saint Drive. The next, his father had collapsed on the ground, shocked by a powerful electric current. The elder Tacy's breaths came in shallow at first and then not at all. The younger began to panic.
"It's scary," Tyler Tacy said. "I mean, 30 seconds before that, we were just together talking."
He called 911, and dispatcher Tracy Brown walked him through performing CPR. Meanwhile, nearby Officer Craig Moore helped block the road so air care had a safe place to land. Getting Steve Tacy to the hospital required the cooperation of more than 12 people, each of whom played an essential role in ensuring his survival.
The Tacys met them all Tuesday in a unique ceremony that recognized the first responders for their actions that day.
"They keep calling me a hero," Tyler Tacy said. "I think it’s ultimately them: The fire department, EMS, police. The people who put their lives out there every day for people they don’t know. They’re the real heroes. ... And those are the type of people that helped my dad."