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Cardiac arrest survivor thanks those who saved his life

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Sunday's running of the Capitol 10K saw some 16,000 finish the 6.2 mile race but for one of the competitors the finish line was the last thing he had to worry about.

Kyle Cyrack, 25, a law student at St. Mary's in San Antonio was at Austin's EMS headquarters Tuesday to thank the guys who may have saved his life.

Cyrack, running with his girlfriend, suffered a cardiac arrest at Cesar Chavez and San Antonio Street about four-tenths of a mile from the finish line. 

EMS responded within seconds and found Cyrack minutes later and used a defibrillator to restart his heart.

Tuesday, he met with the men who saved him to thank them.

"It's great that you have complete strangers who are out there being heroes for people that don't always think something like this is going to happen but it's a complete blessing you guys were able to be there," Cyrack said.

"He was that close to the finish line and it took us a little bit with more of a professional manner to tell him no you're not going to finish the race you'll be going to the hospital so he kinda give us that look that okay this is serious," EMS Paramedic Chad Stowe said.

Cyrack spent a couple of nights in the hospital. He has had a heart condition since birth and will soon have surgery to correct it.

John Conley, the Capitol 10K Director told Cyrack he can come back next year to walk the course free of charge.

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