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While they may not hear it every day, members of the emergency services who save lives on a daily basis deserve to be thanked over and over again.


Recently, Denny Welsh got to hear those all-important words from Misty Heard – the woman whom he ‘brought back to life’ over 30 years ago, when she was just a baby.


Denny and Misty’s emotionally-charged reunion was captured by local Tucson news outlet, 36 years after he saved her following a horrific car crash.



Denny was working for the Department of Public Safety when, while flying over a highway one day, he watched an SUV flipping over. He then saw ‘something fly out of the front windshield’ – a car seat with a baby inside.


This baby happened to be Misty, who was just 18 months old at the time of the crash, from which her four-year-old brother and mother escaped with minor injuries.


By the time Denny and his colleague, Terry Johnson, got to the crash site, Misty was not breathing, and mum Cindy Backer is still convinced to this day that she passed away briefly.



“Immediately, Denny was there and she died. And he revived her right there,” recalled Cindy, for


Thankfully, Misty recovered from the accident, which had a profound impact on dads Denny and Terry; they now refer to the ‘miracle’ as the highlight of their careers.


When Denny recently met Misty – now a grown woman – he reportedly said: “You weren’t alive when I pulled you over. You were on your way out, kiddo, but you made it by the grace of God.”


Well done to these wonderful men for their incredible bravery. Where would we be without these everyday heroes? 


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