Heart attack victim thanks first responders for saving her life

Claudette Kelly, daughter Meatra Gilmore and Pastor John Adolph

It was Nov. 27, 2016, and Meatra Gilmore needed gas. She stopped at a local station to fuel up and walked inside to go the restroom. After asking the attendant where the customer bathroom was located, she suddenly collapsed. Gilmore had experienced a heart attack. By the time the paramedics arrived, she wasn’t breathing.

That’s why family and friends called it “a miracle” when on Jan. 10, Gilmore walked into the Beaumont City Council meeting to thank those first responders who she says saved her life. At the meeting, she and her mother, Claudette Kelly, expressed their gratitude and praised the emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers for their quick, life-saving actions that fateful November afternoon.

Kelly, who has worked in a hospital, said Beaumont’s first responders are “the best.”

“She was out for over 15 minutes,” Kelly told council members. “They intubated her; they shocked her twice. She’s here for you all to see, and I am so ever grateful to the whole team.

“Thanks ... is not enough.”

Gilmore, who has a son and a daughter of her own, followed her mother to the podium to offer her appreciation to the first responders.

“I’m speechless,” said Gilmore. “There’s a lot that I really don’t remember, but I’m here and God is good. Thank you guys very, very much.”

Mayor Becky Ames proclaimed Sunday, Jan. 15, as “First Responders Appreciation Day” in Beaumont. She also expressed gratitude for their service to the community.

“Thank you, and we do appreciate everything you did,” said Ames.

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