Some jobs, by definition, require doing good deeds. But even so, sometimes these everyday do-gooders show such extraordinary dedication that the press and the public must take notice. Such was the case last Friday, when Detroit paramedic Joseph Hardman was doing CPR on a man who had a heart attack while transporting him to the Detroit Medical Center's Harper-Hutzel Hospital. In the middle of the CPR, Hardman realized he was suffering from a coronary, too, but he kept going.
While seeing the unidentified man was admitted to the emergency room, Hardman, 40, did tell his partner, the ambulance driver, that he needed to be checked in himself, according to the local CBS affiliate's report. Hardman said he knew from his chest pains and heavy sweating that he was suffering from a heart attack. "I didn't need a machine to tell me that," he said. "All the symptoms that present with a heart attack - I was pretty much having them all."