NEW BERLIN, Wis. – A man says he wouldn’t be alive if it weren’t for a police officer who shocked his heart back to life.
Dejuante Wade said he was dead for two minutes after collapsing at a park in New Berlin, Wisconsin
“You never know when something like this is going to happen,” Wade told WITI.
On Sunday, he was playing basketball when he felt his heart start to beat irregularly. His fiancee says he walked to the car and collapsed.
“He flung his head back and his feet were out the window and he was breathing really hard and heavy. Trying to call his name to wake him up and he had just stopped moving,” said fiancee Danielle Lewis.
New Berlin Police Officer Rick Helm said when he arrived on the scene, Wade had no pulse and was not breathing.
Using a portable defibrillator, Helm was able to shock Wade back to life as his fiancee and two young daughters watched.
“Everybody was crying. We didn’t know what was going on. She was scared for her dad and I thought we were going to lose him,” Lewis told WITI.
Wade is now thanking the officers and first responders who helped him.
“I was dead for two minutes,” said Wade. “All lives matter. Just respect the cops, because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here with my family today.”
Doctors aren’t sure why Wade’s heart suddenly stopped. They gave him an ICD implant that will shock him if he goes into cardiac arrest again.