An Action News Jax photographer did more than cover a story; he got into the middle of the story and helped save a man’s life in Washington D.C.
He did CPR on a man having a heart attack this weekend and now Action News Jax’s Brandon Bryant says he has a friend for life.
Steve DeLuca is recovering after suffering a massive heart attack. Bryant was right there and rushed over to help.
Bryant, who was in town for the National Association of Black Journalists/National Association of Hispanic Journalists joint conference, said he and another woman gave CPR to DeLuca for about 15 minutes until rescuers arrived and took him to the hospital.
Tuesday, DeLuca had surgery to put a defibrillator in his chest. Action News Jax is told the father of three has a long road ahead but he is expected to recover, something Bryant is happy to hear.
“I am looking forward to the phone call to the family to kind of see how he's doing. You know, I have a friend for life is how I look at it,” Bryant said.
A close friend of DeLuca’s was working with him at the Marriott Wardman Park in DC when he had his heart attack. The friend told Action News Jax he’s trained to use an automated external defibrillator, or AED, something that he said wasn’t available at the Marriott.
We have reached out to the Marriott Wardman Park for a statement on their policy regarding AEDs.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for DeLuca and his family.