Man who collapsed at UConn game reunites with lifesaving EMTs

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A 68-year-old New Canaan man who had a heart attack at an August UConn football game at Rentschler Field in East Hartford reunited this week with the emergency responders who helped save his life.

John Claydon says he arrived and told a friend he felt ill. Then he blacked out and doesn't remember the rest.

Witnesses say that when he collapsed, several students began performing CPR until the emergency medical technicians and paramedics arrived. 

"It's hard to think of words to say thank you to people that have saved your life," Claydon said Monday after meeting the first responders for the first time.

They took him to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford. He spent five days hospitalized and has since recovered.

"And if it wasn't for the actions of these professionals...I wouldn't be standing here," he said. "Without them, people like me wouldn't be getting to the hospital. And I only want to say, I am so grateful."

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