DALLAS -- An Arizona CEO said thanks to the people who brought him back to life after he suffered a massive heart attack walking into Galleria Dallas last Thursday.
Roy Tousley, 67, said he and his wife are so grateful for the people who stepped in to save him.
Tousley's first stop was at Dallas Fire-Rescue Station 20 in North Dallas, where Tousley and his wife Myrna personally thanked the crew of paramedics who helped jump-start Tousley's heart and transport him to Medical City Hospital.
With a new defibrillator for his heart and wearing a brace on the arm he injured when falling, Tousley moved a little slowly, but could not say thank you fast enough to the emergency responders who came to his rescue.
“My heart goes out to the Galleria for having a defibrillator in that mall, cause that’s what I am told saved me,” Tousley said. “That and these gentlemen here at Fire Station No. 20. If it wasn’t for them, I would not be alive today.”
Dallas Fire-Rescue Paramedic Jay Prigmore said the last time he saw Tousley, he was unconscious on the floor of the mall.
“To see him upright, on the floor and walking... that is awesome,” Prigmore said.
Prigmore and the rest of his crew said they were able to save Tousley thanks to others who stepped in first, administering CPR, and to Galleria Dallas for having a defibrillator.
As Tousley told News 8, his close friend who was next to him when he collapsed, dropped down to the ground and began doing CPR, but Tousley was unconscious and not breathing.
A doctor walking by intervened next and began compressions.
Then, Galleria security arrived with a defibrillator, shocked Tousley's heart and got it going again. Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics then arrived and managed to keep Tousley's heart going while rushing him to Medical City Hospital.
Tousley told News 8 the only thing he remembers about the ordeal is waking up in a hospital bed and a doctor telling him, 'You know, you were dead.'" He said it with a smile.
Tousley is the CEO of a company that makes golf clubs. He was in town to attend a fundraising event for Medal of Honor recipients.
He is heading back to Arizona on Wednesday.
He and his wife want to spread awareness about the importance of knowing CPR and of having defibrillators in public places. Without both, Tousley says he wouldn't be alive today.