Check out this picture above. Take a close look at the gentleman in the photograph to my immediate left.
Imagine yourself sitting in a restaurant and a person walks in that looks so familiar. Both of you acknowledge through visual gestures that you know one another but your not quite sure. This uncertainty was killing me… I finally got up enough courage to introduce myself. Imagine… that person to be the very man who saved my life over twenty years ago. That very man was Mike Mongovan a Los Angeles County Firefighter. I felt I nearly died and came back to life, and especially, being able to see Mike once again after so many years. We chatted for a while reflecting back on all thats happened in our lives, especially, that very moment we met during my unconsciousness when I was electrocuted by 30,000 volts of electricity. This definitely was an exciting and honorable moment for me.
About two years after my accident, this gentleman approached a friend of mine while we were training at a local gym in Manhattan Beach and asked what happened to me. He was apparently observing this young kid (me) on crutches, wearing knee immobilizers, and trying to lift weights. My friend Dave mentioned to him that I was involved in an electrical accident a few years back on a construction site in Hawthorne, California. With a very stunned look on his face, the man replied back to my friend Dave and mentioned, he was one of the rescue firefighters on the scene of my accident. In fact, he was the one who revived me through CPR and saved my life. I so was amazed and honored I could hardly speak. The only thing I could say to him was “thank you so much for saving my life and being that hero for me.” That man was Mike Mongovan.
I want to personally acknowledge the other two gentleman in the picture, Bill Morrehead and Andy Hicks for being a part of this incredible rescue team; because of their passion and courage they gave me a new lease on life. My mother’s favorite quote … “You can’t kill a weed.” A special thank you to all the firefighters, police officers, Dr. Malcolm Lesavoy, and serviceman who take so much pride in their work; you are the true heroes.
A few day’s after my accident, my mother went to the fire department to personally thank all the firefighters at station 161 in Hawthorne for saving her son’s life. She then presented them with a token of appreciation and gave them a bottle of Champagne. Ditto to my courageous and heroic mother….