SUCCESS STORY FOR Y’S HEALTHY HEART DAY

jim-boothYou’d be smiling, too, if a group of employees saved your life, as the staff at the YMCA did for Jim Booth back in December. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

On December 24, Jim Booth of Red Bank was feeling swell. He’d recently been a little more tired than usual and was experiencing some indigestion, but aside from that, he said nothing was out of the ordinary.

“I considered myself in good shape for my age,” Booth, 59, said. “I could run and bike for miles.”

He competed in triathlons with his children several times a year, ate well and regularly exercised at Red Bank’s Community YMCA, as he has for the last 25 years.

That’s where he was when he collapsed from a heart attack en route to the showers and, for several moments, was dead.

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