Decatur church organist meets man who saved his life

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DECATUR, Ala. - Inside Westminster Presbyterian Church you'll hear the most beautiful music. The man behind the notes is Ron Simmons.

On August 5, Simmons was playing the organ at a funeral when he went into catastrophic cardiac arrest. He was able to meet Dr. Kin Copeland at the Decatur Rotary Club luncheon on Monday. Copeland is the man who saved his life.

The Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor rushed to Simmons aid and began CPR. When Simmons met Copeland he was overwhelmed with emotion.

"I wish I had the words in my vocabulary to say how grateful I am. I don't. I really don't. All I can do is thank you," said Simmons.

Copeland refused to give up on him even though many thought he wouldn't make it. Four months later, Simmons has his fingers back on the keys.

"I'm actually playing again after having a defibrillator put in and going through all that," said Simmons.

Copeland said his actions weren't heroic, he was just doing what he needed to do. However, Simmons said he will never be able to repay him.

"I hope that my actions for as long as I live will honor you. I really mean that," said Simmons.

Doctors expect the organist to make a full recovery within the next year.


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