Good Samaritans save man during Christmas parade

Posted at 6:46 PM, Dec 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-03 20:09:50-05

There are not many people who can say they've died and lived to talk about it but Wade Payne has come back from the dead, twice.

The 61-year-old was working as a freelance photographer for the Tennessean on Saturday during Nashville's annual Christmas Parade. He was stationed on the edge of Broadway trying to capture images of Waffle House shooting hero, James Shaw Jr., when he suddenly felt faint.

"I heard someone say 'are you okay?' and I said 'no" and that's the last thing I remember," Wade said inside a hospital room on the 5th floor of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

When Wade collapsed, a crowd of strangers quickly gathered around him. Those good Samaritans tore off his jacket and began performing CPR. But first responders couldn't find a pulse on Wade for nearly six minutes.

"I have no fear of dying but am I ready to go? No." he said defiantly.

Apparently not.

Seeing the commotion on Broadway, Tom Crow ran inside First Baptist Church where he's a pastor. Crow grabbed one of two AED's inside the church and quickly got it out to Wade who was laying lifeless on the street.

"I raced in, the parade parted like the waters of the Red Sea. We moved across and a nurse opened up the kit," Pastor Crow recalls.

A shock of nearly 3,000 volts of electricity, suddenly got Wade heart started again.

"It was absolutely a miracle," Pastor Crow adds.

Astonishingly enough, this is actually the second heart attack the Wade Payne has survived. Doctors are currently working to determine if he needs bypass surgery but expect him to make a full recovery.