In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes in FF Anton (Tony) Spagnoletti from Winston Salem NC fire department Rescue 1. Tony shares his remarkable story of suffering a STEMI while on duty at Rescue 1.  


During this powerful podcast he shares:


  • The physical pain of a STEMI ( S-T Segment Elevated Myocardial Infarction, of Heart attack)
  • His faith and it’s affect during and after his heart attack 
  • How the brother firefighters, ambulance crew, and hospital came together that day 
  • How it felt to wake up after stent placement and seeing all the firefighters gathered
  • What it felt like after becoming pulseless
  • His return to work
    How we can help prevent the same thing 


Tonys Bio


Tony is a Firefighter for the Winston Salem Fire Dept. where he has served over 27 years.  He is currently assigned to Rescue 1, the only rescue truck in the city, that responds to all working fires and technical rescues. 



After the show…..


Once we ended the podcast Tony called back to share this confirming experiences following his return to active firefighting duty.  He describe it as a series of events that proved that God is continuing to watch over him. 


 While on an airplane ride to a mission trip, after returning to work, Tony began to read “Is Heaven Real.” He quickly realized that he shared the same birthday as Colton Burpo,the boy the book is written about.Tony found it odd that of all birthdays, they shared the same.  On the same plane ride  a passenger noticed the book he was reading and shared that she too had the same birthday, May 19th, Tony again was shown God’s direction in his life.  As the final topping on the cake on May 19th, his birthday, Tony was eating Chinese food and opened a fortune cookie that read:   “God looks after you especially”





“Ryan I have eaten Chinese Food my entire life I had never seen a fortune like this”, Tony explained.  “Until this very day I carry this fortune with me as a reminder that God is watching over me.”