9:06 PM EDT, August 14, 2012
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va.
Usually it's parents who come to the rescue of their kids, but in this case that role was reversed.
Had it not been, a family in Franklin County would've been minus one very important member.
"I grabbed this spoon and I just ran in there," says Whitney Amos. "(Then I) grabbed his tongue and started digging and digging (to clear out all the mucus)."
Whitney and her brother Hunter had been lounging in the living room on July 30th, when their mother screamed. Their dad, a well known teacher and tennis coach at Franklin County High School was having a heart attack.
"What I remember is very little but what I've been told is that I was pacing the floor a little bit. I made it back to the bedroom then collapsed," say Mike Amos.
It was Whitney who learned in biology about the heart and to clear someone's airway. It was Hunter, who did something he'd never done before.
"I immediately started pounding on his chest giving him CPR. Then, I checked his neck for a pulse and it wasn't there," says Hunter Amos.
Medics arrived and got Mike Amos' heart going again, but had his kids not jumped in those first few minutes, the lack of oxygen could've caused long term damage.
"A lot of that has to do with how fast I recovered and I can still think, to the best of my ability," says Mike Amos.
With a house full of Franklin County athletes, the kids say sports gave them the focus not to fold under pressure. Dad says, they "Eagled Up". The phrase has become somewhat of a battle cry at Franklin County sports events.
And with all the medicine he's on, finally after five years of perfect attendance, Mike Amos has a good enough excuse to call out.
"Oh, I'm calling in sick laughs," says Mike Amos.
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