Hero Paramedics Save Man Whose Heart Stopped on Flight to Houston

They happened to be on their way to a FEMA conference.

The man was en route home via Houston when he stood up and felt light-headed and dizzy.

"He was really pale in color and he was sweating profusely," said Van. "I started noticing that he's not breathing, he does not have a pulse. I immediately started CPR ."

Van and George hooked the man up to an IV and an auto-external defibrillator provided by the flight crew.

The plane was diverted to Phoenix, where the man was taken to a hospital. He was alert and talking, said the paramedics.

"It doesn't matter if you're 30,000 feet up in the air or on the side of a freeway or in someone's home, our skill set allows us to help people in need when they need it," said George.

"This is not a career. It's a way of life," said Van. "Wherever you go, you will have to respond."