Music Editor Chris Gray's Heart Attack: The Video

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Pulled from the tracks.
We've obtained security-cam footage of the morning when Houston Press Music Editor Chris Gray suffered a heart attack at a Metro light-rail station.

Chris is recovering nicely, due in no small part to prompt action by a good samaritan and two Metro police officers. (We wrote before how it was so lucky the Metro officer was on the scene.)

Metro spokesperson Margaret O'Brien Molina, who worked for years for the Red Cross, says the video shows some important things.

"Metro police officers John P. Zepeda and Leonard Wagner were exactly the right guys, at exactly the right time to demonstrate, for us all, what the 'chain of survival' really means," she said, referring to what needs to happen in an emergency like this.

"The training first responders receive is critical to the performance of their jobs, but citizens have a vital role in making sure the links come together," Metro police chief Victor Rodriguez said. "It goes back to the staple 'If you see something, say something,' and the reason an alert, engaged public is the first step in the chain of survival."

Here's the video. It's time-lapse photography, so it's jumpy, but it shows Gray's body being lifted from across the tracks by the good samaritan, then Zepeda applying CPR until Wagner gets there, and then the arrival of EMTs :

Zepeda and Wagner will be honored at a future Metro board meeting, Molina says. We've also invited them to the benefit to help with Chris' medical bills, where it's possible they might get a thank-you drink or two.

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10 comments
acolvin
acolvin

Thank God Metro didn't hold any grudges for all the ripping they've receive from HP or this could have gone horribly wrong. Glad everone there was on their best professional behavior. . And yes, folks will stand idley by while someone is suffering. Glad Chris is okay.  

Figgy Jones
Figgy Jones

God bless Metro officers Zepeda and Wagner. I hope they attend the benefit, 'cause they deserve some warm 'n' fuzzies!

Brandon Lemons
Brandon Lemons

sad how slowly the first responding cop strolls over.

Pete Vonder Haar
Pete Vonder Haar

On behalf of the Press, I'd like to apologize to the dude in the foreground for the obvious inconvenience our music editor almost dying caused him on his morning commute.

Skdn34
Skdn34

I think posting this video is abhorrent.

Sunsmuckers
Sunsmuckers

How much time lapsed during this (from when they found him to when the ambulance got to him)?  I find it interesting that the general public keeps going on about their business and ignoring the situation (denial), but really, there's not too much too many additional people can do, so it's probably best that they stayed out of the way

groovehouse
groovehouse

That is so hard to watch. Thank goodness for the help he received. Get well soon Chris! 

Houston
Houston

Amazing. How lucky that it happened in public where people could help him, and among people who knew CPR.

Tom G
Tom G

I didn't see that. If you're talking about the cop in the cruiser, I believe he was the second to arrive. The first cop on the scene showed on foot.

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