Music Editor Chris Gray Had Luck on His Side When He Had His Heart Attack

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Houston's very own Randolph Mantooth
John P. Zepeda of the Metro PD's canine squad had performed a routine bomb search at the Ensemble light-rail station October 28. Finding nothing, he tried to head back.

But train after train was filled with morning commuters headed downtown, so he and his dog waited things out.

Which turned out to be a lucky thing, for as they were waiting for yet another train they heard someone yell for help.

That someone was dragging Houston Press music editor Chris Gray off the tracks, where he had fallen after suffering a heart attack.

The man told Zepeda he thought Gray had a seizure, in which case there was not much that could be done until EMTs arrrived.

But then Zepeda saw Gray was turning blue, so he immediately began giving CPR. He called for assistance, and another Metro officer, Leonard Wagner, took turns giving the procedure until Houston Fire Department EMTs arrived and could take over.

A day or so later, Zepeda was saddened to hear that Gray had died, Metro's Margaret O'Brien Molina said.

It was just a rumor -- Gray is recovering remarkably well -- and Molina was happy to deliver that news today to the officer.

So big thanks to Zepeda, Wagner -- we've been trying to get their names and are glad to be able to publicly salute them. Thanks also to HFD, to the guy who dragged Gray off the tracks, and also to everyone who filled up those light-rail cars so Zepeda had to wait for a ride.


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9 comments
firehat
firehat

Officer Zepeda is a retired HFD captain too.

Tarquin
Tarquin

Y'all can take the atheist platform elsewhere fools. No matter your outlook, be it pure dumb luck (no such thing of course?) or divine intervention (no such thing of course?) my friend is alive and kicking. Take your agenda elsewhere. Good grief.

Tracy Carlson
Tracy Carlson

YAY!! Thank you to those true Houston heroes!!

Geezy
Geezy

I believe they call that "devine intervention"..... Somebody was looking out for him, and thankfully so. Way too young and talented to go this early.

Peace.

Yeah, OK
Yeah, OK

It's divine, not devine.

And you're saying God intervened to save him? Then why would God give him a heart attack in the first place? Is God just bored and looking to see some action, so he causes extreme pain and then divinely inspires others to cure it? Isn't that like mutilating a helpless kitten, then nursing it back to health for some reason?

Praise needs to go to the *people* who helped Chris Gray through.

regent032
regent032

I agree with Yeah,OK.Why couldn't the divine one intervene when that clot was forming in his coronary arteries? And what about all those others who don't recover from a heart attack? Where was their "divine intervention"? Or was that just "God working in mysterious ways"?  Mr. Gray was simply fortunate that this happened in public and in the vicinity of a police officer who was trained to do CPR and that HFD's paramedics were able to respond quickly and that he lives in a city with a world class medical center with state of the art heart catheterization labs and he was only minutes away from those hospitals.  That's not "divine intervention" that's geography and your taxpayer money at work.Anyways, get well soon Mr. Gray and thank you to the men and women who work as cops, firefighters, nurses and doctors.

squinney
squinney

Breathing exercises help me. I am glad to hear chris is pulling through.

thejman7
thejman7

Dude, relax.  Let people praise whoever they want, especially since you don't know whether or not divine intervention truly did play a role in this.  Nobody does.  I don't care if someone is an atheist but don't try to push your non-believing ways on others.  Let them believe what they want.

The fact is that Chris is OK and that's all that matters.

Yeah, OK
Yeah, OK

You're right about that last part.

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