Ashland runner gives award to EMT’s who saved his life

Ashland, Ore. — An Ashland man who suffered a heart attack during a marathon last year has found a creative way to thank the EMT’s who saved his life.

John Lotts was running the Ashland Lithia Loop Marathon last November, when he started having chest pains. After running the first ten miles, he made the decision to go back to an aid station for help.

Lotts was driven back down the mountain, and went into cardiac arrest on the ambulance ride to the hospital.

“I remember coming back out of it, and Jim was there, and I was, I just didn’t know what happened, I thought I had fallen asleep,” Lotts recounted.

Ashland Firefighter Daniel Caples was there, and helped revive Lotts.

“He woke up, and started talking to us right away, it was an incredible feeling, you know, to be apart of that, being able to help someone to this degree, that’s why we do this,” Caples said.

Lotts presented the team with medals from a race he ran in February, as a thank you for saving his life.

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