A Meals on Wheels volunteer in Fort Worth delivered more than food earlier this month; he showed up at just the right time and ended up giving life-saving CPR.
It happened when volunteer Wayne Thoden made a new stop on his route for Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County.
“But it was a shock to come in and see [Brian Arbuckle] on the floor,” said Thoden.
Arbuckle has a nervous system disorder that started after a motorcycle accident.
He says he passes out several times a day. He usually comes to with the assistance of his two service dogs; they are trained to bring him the phone so he can call for help.
This time, it was more serious.
Thoden says Arbuckle was lying on his stomach with his face in the rug. Thoden started CPR
“The MedStar guy told me what to do with my left hand and my right hand, and he was doing the cadence on my cell phone, just 1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 2."
Arbuckle says his dogs have probably saved his life many times. This time, even though he didn't know it, Thoden was his best hope.
“Had the volunteer not found me, I think it would have been too late,” said Arbuckle.