13 days later, firefighter goes home after going into cardiac arrest while fighting a fire

Great news came for family, friends, and fellow firefighters in Paulding County as Sgt. Kevin Van Dyke finally got to go home 13 days later, after going into cardiac arrest while fighting a fire.

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Sgt. Van Dyke 41, was resuscitated on the scene of a tractor-trailer fire by other responding officials and was transported to Paulding Hospital. After he was stabilized, he was transferred to Kennestone.


According to officials, Sergeant Van Dyke fell unconscious and stopped breathing. Fire officials did not find a pulse and began CPR. An AED was used to shock Sergeant Van Dyke's heart into an organized rhythm.

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On October 18, he was discharged from Kennestone Hospital and escorted home by his crew. He arrived to hugs from family, loved ones, and co-workers.

Sergeant Van Dyke is a 10-year veteran of Paulding County Fire & Rescue.