Monongalia County man is reunited with emergency responders who saved his life


A man from Monongalia County was reunited with a team that saved his life earlier this month. 

“You just don’t understand, I love you all, and I always will. It’s just, it’s family, I guess,” said John Kovalcheck. 

On April 3, John Kovalcheck went into cardiac arrest in his Granville home. In just a minute and a half, emergency responders were on scene. Now John has the opportunity to thank those who saved his life. 

“It’s awesome anytime we can accomplish something that great as a team, you know it takes everybody on scene, it takes all hands on deck to accomplish something, so to see the outcome of it, it’s really overwhelming,” said Adam Dudas, Granville Volunteer Fire Department.

Firefighters from Granville VFD along with Mon Health EMS  teamed up to perform CPR on Kovalcheck. 

“Giving high flow oxygen to a patient that has been down is very vital, and also the compression depth and ratios that we were going off of. It’s very tiring for the compression, so that’s why we all switch off, to kind of deliver the life saving compressions that we did,” said Dudas.

“I guess you can say it means the world to me. They saved my life. I just can’t put it, I guess I really can’t put it into words. I’m thankful and grateful, that they did what they did for me,” said Kovalcheck. 

In just 23 minutes, the team had Kovalcheck’s heart beating again and on the road to the hospital. 

“It shows that we have a good emergency response program in place here in Mon County and by seeing the outcome of this incident with Mr. Kovalcheck that the system worked well,” said David Custer, executive director of Mon Health EMS. 

“Thank you again, and God bless you all. It’s tough to even sit here and thank you enough I guess. I wish there was more I could do, but God’s taking care of us,” said Kovalcheck. 

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