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PA FIRE CHIEF SUFFERS HEART ATTACK AT STRUCTURE FIRE

     

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 The Forbes Road Volunteer Fire Department chief is recovering after suffering a heart attack in the middle of battling a house fire.

Bob Rosatti told WTAE reporter Andrew Del Greco that he was with fire crews battling a Slickville house fire when he felt chest pains.

The chief said he was cutting holes in the roof of the home. He didn't believe his pain was really a heart attack, but he went to paramedics anyway.

"I thought for a second, 'Did I pull a muscle?' I saw the ambulance sitting there and started walking right for the ambulance," Rosatti said. "They got me to the hospital right away and saved my life."

Seeking immediate treatment doesn't seem like hard work, but medics say heart attack victims often wait until it's too late.

"They assume it's muscular or indigestion and they wait a long period of time and those are usually the people you find who end up dead," Assistant Fire Chief David Mutnansky said.

Rosatti's brother, Steven, said he's thankful for the chief's recovery and quick action.

"He took the telltale signs. As soon as he came down off the roof, he said he had chest pains and he did the right thing," Steven Rosatti said.

Doctors said the chief will have to wait about a month to return to the department. The chief should be able to be released as early as Wednesday.

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