Runner who had heart attack during Detroit marathon reunites with officers who saved him

DETROIT – Tommy Kornieck said he felt lucky to be alive after having a heart attack during the annual Detroit Free Press Marathon.

“Not many people would have made it. It is a miracle that I am alive. I remember being at the start line and then I just started turning to the edge and then I woke up later and was told that I was found unconscious on the sidewalk, ”said Kornieck.

Kornieck, 26, owes two neighborhood police officers from the Detroit Police Department – and a handful of good Samaritans who came to his aid when he passed out.

“I just want to thank you for everything,” said Kornieck.

In October Local spoke to the officers who helped save Kornieck.


“I was just hoping he didn’t die of me,” Officer Dario Sharp said in October.

Kornieck was able to reunite with Sharp and Troy Wesley, the two officers who had saved him.

“I was too lucky and it’s just amazing to meet her,” said Kornieck.

Kornieck is grateful that everyone was in the right place at the right time to save their lives. At this point it is not clear if he will ever get back to running.

“I want to run again and so on. But I don’t know how or when or where that will happen, ”said Kornieck.

Kornieck had to have a defibrillator implanted so that he would not suffer another heart attack. He wants to concentrate fully on returning to school.

Click here to view the GoFundMe that helps Kornieck with medical bills and tuition fees.

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