FOX 66 News at Ten
ALBANY, Ore. - Nothing was going right for Rian Kirkpatrick on Sunday morning.
And that turned out to be key when things went horribly wrong for Gary Darcey.
Darcey, 75, was relaxing at home and waiting for Kirkpatrick to finish repairing his Dish Network service.
Kirkpatrick got to the Darcey home at 8:30 a.m. but soon realized he need a part that wasn't in his truck.
While meeting up with a colleague to get the part, Kirkpatrick's truck got stuck in the mud.
By the time he returned to the Darcey home, it was noon.
Turns out, Kirkpatrick was right on time.
"It had been one of the worst days," he said, "and then all of a
sudden it was like I was called on to do things, and I just went ahead
and took care of it."
As he repaired the Darcey's TV service, Gary Darcey turned red and started making audible grunts.
Kirkpatrick took action while Bonnie Darcey called 911.
"I pulled him down onto the floor, laid him out flat and I started chest compressions," Kirkpatrick said.
Bonnie said her husband didn't have a pulse but that Kirkpatrick
continued performing CPR for 10 to 15 minutes until paramedics arrived.
First responders were not optimistic Gary Darcey, who has a history of heart problems, would make it.
But soon after arriving at the hospital, Gary Darcey stabilized.
Bonnie Darcey said the Dish repairman Kirkpatrick is a hero and the only
reason her husband is now recovering in the hospital ICU.
"Repairmen don't usually get a chance to be a hero," she said, "and he was."
Tuesday, March 4 2014, 11:24 AM EST
National News Headlines
|1st Air Force instructor convicted in sweeping military sex scandal dies in prison|
|The first Air Force instructor convicted of rape in a sex scandal at one of the nation's busiest military training centers has died in prison.|
|Green preschools teach kids composting, recycling while getting back to nature|
|A new Oklahoma City preschool is staying away from plastic toys, serving only vegan and gluten-free food, and focusing on teaching children early about living a healthy lifestyle.|
|Arrest of man in St. Paul skyway was caught on cellphone, posted to YouTube, now under review|
|Cellphone video of a black Minnesota man's arrest in a St. Paul skyway by officers who appear to be white is attracting attention eight months after it was recorded.|
|Family of girl who killed instructor 'devastated'; 911 calls released|
|People at a northern Arizona gun range where a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot an instructor with an Uzi desperately tried to keep him alive as they urged 911 dispatchers to send a medical helicopter.|
|Sabrina Buie case: 2 NC men's convictions overturned in '83 killing|
|A North Carolina judge overturned the convictions Tuesday of two men who have served 30 years in prison for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl after another man's DNA was recently discovered on evidence in the case.|
|Los Angeles jury convicts man of 3 serial murders from 1980s; other killings suspected|
|A Los Angeles jury has convicted a career criminal in the serial killings of three women in the 1980s.|
|Kansas City police say 3 adults killed, 2 others wounded in shooting in residential area|
|Kansas City police say three adults have been shot to death and two others critically wounded in a residential neighborhood in the southern part of the city.|
|Parents say 4 black Ohio high school students expelled unfairly over rap videos, sue district|
|The parents of four black students who allege their children were expelled over rap music videos are suing an Ohio school district, charging violation of free speech and other constitutional rights.|
|APNewsBreak: NYC shuts 9 pre-k centers before schools start Thursday, cites safety concerns|
|Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced it's shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates of 36 others.|
|At least 2,202 US military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001|
|As of Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, at least 2,202 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count.|