SPOKANE, Wash. — R went to the Washington Fire Chiefs conference this week to say thanks — not to any first responder in particular, but to a whole room of them.
He told about how paramedics, just like the ones at the conference, had saved his life at AT&T Stadium in 2015, when he was playing for the Seattle Seahawks and suffered a career-ending spinal cord injury against the Cowboys.
“The reason that I’m standing here…is because of you guys,” Lockette said, according to a video by KXLY-TV. “It’s more like I’m talking to my angels, like I’m talking to the people who saved my life.”
To Lockette’s surprise, he was.
In the crowd were Arlington Deputy Fire Chief Gerald Randall and paramedic John Robertson, who tended to Lockette after he was injured on Nov. 1, 2015.
Wednesday was the first time Lockette had been reunited with the men. As Robertson and Randall approached Lockette, he broke down in tears and hugged them.
“It’s something I don’t take lightly and I’m forever indebted for,” Lockette told KXLY.
Last year, Lockette visited a fire station in Redmond, Wash., and said that doctors told him “if I would’ve stood up or moved my head, I would’ve died,” because the ligaments in his neck were torn. “All [the paramedics’] training is what saved my life.”
A video of Lockette at the fire station was shown at an Arlington City Council meeting during a presentation from Fire Chief Don Crowson.
“A lot of people don’t realize how delicate, how serious those injuries can be, how fatal they can be if it’s not done just perfectly,” Crowson said after the video. “Those two Arlington firefighters doing that made a difference.”
Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST
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