WALLINGFORD — Many in our area of the state are familiar with the remarkable story of Mike Papale.
He was a 17-year-old basketball star on Aug. 24, 2006, when he went into cardiac arrest at the Wallingford YMCA.
Papale, now 32, divulges the details of that harrowing day when he was brought back to life, his long road back with his family and friends by his side and the last 15 years of living with heart disease. Since that day, he has devoted much of his life to saving other lives with his nonprofit foundation In A Heartbeat. He has raised money to purchase automated external defibrillators to be put in many schools and public places around the state. That’s the same device that saved his life after volunteer EMT Bob Huebner administered CPR until other paramedics arrived with the AED.
Read the full story here.– Record Journal