SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A firefighter hero is thanking those who saved his life when he was cut down by a massive heart attack known as "the widow maker."
Monday is Bruce Moore's first day back to work, after a long recovery.
"It feels weird, but it feels good," he said.
After a massive heart attack nearly ended his life, the father of two young children with special needs collapsed after a shift eight months ago.
"I was finishing my workout, I started feeling nauseous," he said.
Moore, also a paramedic, was 46 years old at the time, and wasn't concerned. But as he drove home, he felt a sudden pain in the right side of his chest.
"It was like somebody punched me in the chest and I looked at myself in the rearview mirror and I saw I was ashen grey, profusely sweating, and thought oh my gosh… this can't be happening," he said.
He was seconds from home and called out for his wife as he pulled into his garage.
"I told her call 911. As soon as I walked in the house, I took about 10 steps and collapsed," Moore said.
Moore's heart had stopped, but he regained consciousness as paramedics arrived and kept telling himself he had to hang on for his family.
"I thought, 'I'm going to die,' and… somehow we, we were able to make it there," he said.
Moore's fellow firefighters are glad to see him back.
"To go through something serious like that with the seriousness of that type of injury, the heart muscle and to be able to come back, it's a big deal," a fellow firefighter said.
"I wanted to come back. It's something I love doing, it's security for my family. It's something I've worked my whole life for, and I wanted to finish out my career and retire doing it," Moore said.