UPDATE: Marathon runner, paramedic who saved him reunite

Bobby Edwards
Bobby Edwards


Update: Bobby Edwards and Patrick Conrey got the opportunity to meet on Monday night, and Edwards got the opportunity to thank the man who saved his life.

"I apologized to him for slowing him down," said Edwards.

"We have a duty to respond even when we're off duty if you can help out," added Conrey.

Before heading home to Florida, Conrey got the chance to throw out one of the ceremonial first pitches at Monday night's Reds game.


The streets were overrun with runners  on Sunday morning, tens of thousands from around the world, who'd trained for months for the 10th annual Flying Pig Marathon.

And it was a life changing event for many of them. More than 22,000 people signed up to run the big race through Cincinnati, Mariemont, Fairfax and northern Kentucky.

But for one entrant, the race could have been fatal, when he collapsed at the 10 mile mark, if not for fellow runners right behind him.

Bobby Edwards was in the 10th mile stretch right along Madison Ave. when he collapsed in cardiac arrest.

But talk about being at the right place at the right time -- he had a heart attack right in front of a paramedic from Florida who was running the marathon in memory of our local fallen firefighters.

Patrick Conrey has reason to celebrate. He finished his 11th marathon, and in the meantime, even managed to save a life.

"Call it a coincidence..who knows? Maybe it was a coincidence I was there when the gentleman went down..who knows?" said Conrey.

Conrey is a firefighter from Clearwater, Fla. He ran the Flying Pig Marathon to raise money for the education funds for the children of fallen firefighters Robin Broxterman, of Colerain Township and Oscar Armstrong.

He and a group of EMT/firefighters were running behind 55-year-old Edwards, a Flying Pig Marathon veteran, when Edwards collapsed.

"I'm running and the next thing I know, I wake up, I'm at the aid station. Next thing I know I'm in the hospital, putting a stent in my heart," Edwards told FOX19 via phone.

"When Bobby went down today, the fact that there were runners with that kind of training right there at his assistance, the medical team told us that could have made all the difference," said Iris Simpson-Bush, the executive director of the marathon.

The group immediately performed CPR. Edwards' daughter, Stephanie Rabius, says someone was looking over her dad.

"I think there was a guardian angel on his shoulder today. He couldn't have been in a better spot at that time," she said.

"It was one of those days that I'll take to my grave. We did two great things here so we'll see down the road," added Conrey.

"I would thank them very much. I could be planning a funeral. Instead I'm still with my father," said Rabius.

Edwards said he was more concerned if the paramedics who saved his life were able to finish the race, and he said he was sorry if helping him added time to their race.

Pat and the other paramedics did indeed finish the race, and they say these results were better than winning the marathon.

FOX19.com: Jill Eichorn