A man from Washington state is thanking first responders and others for saving his life.

He says he blacked out at the airport, and it's a miracle he's alive now.

Patrick Barrett says he and his wife were checking in at Kona International Airport in Hawaii earlier this month when all of a sudden, he passed out. He had gone into cardiac arrest.

Folks around him didn't hesitate to save him. He survived, and before heading home to Seattle, Patrick and his wife were reunited with his rescuers.

"I just thanked God I can see them. It was a miracle. That's all I can say to describe it. One minute, the lights were out, the next, you wake up to these guys," he said.

Ticket agent Helen Kia and a porter, Ben Utrera, were the first to help him. They started CPR right away with chest compressions to try to get him breathing again.

Then, firefighters arrived. They used an AED -- automated external defibrillator -- to revive him.

"He wasn't breathing. He had no pulse and it's very serious. And it's good we were there in time to help him out," said Charles Akao, Kona firefighter.

Officials say AEDs have saved 62 lives at Hawaii's airports in the past 17 years. They say the "save rate" there is about 70%, while the rate on the beach or at a mall where an AED is not nearby is as low as 8%.

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