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What initially started out as a weekend motorcycle ride with his fiance and some friends eventually turned into a lunchtime experience that full-time Twinsburg firefighter/paramedic Kris Longo will not soon forget.
According to Twinsburg Fire Chief Tim Morgan, Longo was on an off-duty ride with his fiance and some friends, finalizing the route for a future motorcycle run.
"He wasn't just out having fun," Morgan said. "He was out setting up a fundraiser."
Longo, who has been with the department since 1998, along with his group, stopped into a Glenwillow restaurant for a bite after the ride. While they were in the eatery another patron suffered some type of medical condition and stopped breathing.
When Longo got to the person, the victim did not have a pulse.
"Kris jumped into action and began effective CPR until a med unit from Oakwood Fire arrived on scene to continue care," according to a post on the Twinsburg Fire Department's Facebook page. "The patient regained consciousness and at last report was speaking to the Oakwood crew during transport to an area hospital."
Fellow Twinsburg firefighters gave Longo a "major tip of the Twinsburg Fire helmet for his heroic efforts while off duty this weekend."
"We are proud of the care our dedicated and talented professionals provide while on duty and even more proud when they make a difference in others' lives while off-duty," the post states. "Strong work, Kris."
Morgan agreed, saying he was proud of his colleague.
"It's just a reflection of the kind of people we have here in Twinsburg," Morgan said. "And it's just a manifestation of the fact that we are always looking out for the public in our line of work anyway. We know that the need is there and we are prepared to serve and Kris demonstrated that."
In less than 50 minutes after the Facebook post went up, 260 people liked the post and it was shared 25 times. The post also received 23 comments congratulating Longo.
Longo was on a call July 17 and could not be reached for comment by press time.
The firefighter/paramedic received a bit more than just the satisfaction of a job well done after helping his fellow patron.
"It's my understanding that someone took care of the tab for his meal," Morgan said.