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Woman gives special thanks to Tucson Fire for quick, life-saving actions

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Woman gives special thanks to Tucson Fire for quick, life-saving actions

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Jul 31, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Sandy Goodsite says she was using her computer at work, when everything stopped.

"I just kept thinking 'why cant I move my hand'?" she said.

Her daughter immediately called 911, and three minutes later, Tucson Fire Paramedic Bill Nielson and his partner Robert Smith arrived.

"We walked in and we saw Mrs. Goodsite with some obvious signs of stroke," said Nielson.

Sandy says they got her to the hospital in record time, and good thing too because stroke patients have a short window to receive the necessary treatment.

Now that Sandy has recovered, she and her husband visited the fire station, bringing a full catered meal from Lotus Garden with them.

"I appreciate everything they did and I don't know how often people come and say 'thank you' to them but I wanted them to see me that, I wasn't just laying on a bed looking like I was about to go out," said Sandy.

They also visited TMC to thank the doctors and nurses for their actions as well.

Bill says it's the first time anyone has done something like this for him.

"We were very surprised," he said. "We often don't find out what happens to the people that we help and it was really nice to meet the whole family and share a meal with them."

"I'm so happy that they understand what a good job they did," said Sandy.

Rikki Mitchell

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports as a video journalist for the evening and weekend newscasts.