Several months ago, Challenge Competitor Nick Gravina of South Metro suffered a near-fatal heart attack while on duty. The news story is viewable through the hyperlink below. The take away from the video, in Nick’s own words: pay attention to symptoms. Challenge competitor Bill Briggs had been experiencing chest pain before his fatal heart attack. Any pain within two feet of your chest, especially if associated with exertion warrants attention.
Next week over 500 firefighters will descend on Myrtle Beach for World Challenge XXI. While we boast some of the most fit athletes on the planet, it does not necessarily confer immunity from heart disease. Listen to your body. And don’t ignore warning signs. Let’s all work towards an incident-free competition.
|Nick Gravina: South Metro Firefighter Combat Challenge Team Member|