A Texas man is being praised as a hero for saving a woman’s life after she collapsed while shopping in the grocery store.
Justin Thomas never expected that his run to the League City Kroger would result in a life or death situation, but that’s exactly the situation that the father of four found himself in on Thursday.
“I just saw someone in need,” he explained to the Houston outlet. “I didn’t even think about it, I just jumped in to help.”
Thomas, a CPR-certified electrician, said he was buying milk for his twins when he realized something was going on.
“I heard someone scream out, so I moved toward the direction of the scream,” he recalled to KPRC. “Then I saw a lady splayed out on the floor.”
According to Thomas, the woman appeared to be in cardiac arrest. With a medical background and 10 years of service in the United States Coast Guard, the father of four knew what to do — and immediately jumped into action.
“I came down on both knees,” he told KPRC. “I looked at her and saw that her face was turning blue and I just quickly started administering CPR and started giving her chest compressions.”
“I literally saw where her sternum was,” he added. “I put my forearm with my fingers back and just started pumping her chest.”
He and another shopper continued to administer life-saving efforts on the woman until paramedics arrived at the scene and transported her to a hospital, according to the outlet.
“Afterward was kind of strange, a strange feeling,” Thomas recalled to KPRC. “Like I have all this adrenaline and I still have to go get the milk.”
Later, Thomas said he was contacted by the woman’s family who confirmed that she had survived — all thanks to his speedy response.
“The doctors told her that if it wasn’t for the quick actions, she wouldn’t have made it,” he shared with KPRC.
Though he was grateful to have saved a life, Thomas said he doesn’t consider himself a hero, noting to the outlet that he’s required to know CPR for work and annually renews his training and certification.
He also urged people to follow his example and learn how to administer life-saving efforts because you’ll never know when you might need those crucial skills.