ORO VALLEY, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) -- How do you thank the people who saved your life?
"I mean there are just no words," said Oro Valley woman Penny Krug. "But it was very emotional and I am so grateful because they really did there job well with me."
On July 29th, Krug was dropping off a gift for a friend in a neighborhood near Shannon and Overton. As she was driving off, she says she felt like she couldn't breathe.
"The last thing I remember is I was trying to get the air out of the AC, and the next thing I knew I was in the hospital," Krug said.
Krug lost consciousness and crashed her car into someone's front yard. Jamie Barron lives across the street, and her 29-year-old son just happened to look out the window and see Krug's car.
Barron's son urged her to call 911. When they looked into the car, Krug was not conscious and the doors and windows were locked.
Within minutes crews with the Mountain Vista Fire District arrived. Deputies with the Pima County Sheriff's Department also were on scene, and helped break Krug out of her SUV.
Chad Buda, a paramedic with Mountain Vista, says Krug had no pulse and wasn't breathing. They immediately began giving her CPR. On the way to the hospital Advanced Life Support measures were taken, and by the time the ambulance reached the hospital Krug was able to talk.
Krug ended up staying in the hospital for 5 days. Doctors have not been able to tell her what happened, Krug said, but she did go into cardiac arrest.
Recently the fire crews that assisted Krug got the chance to meet their patient.
"It was awesome," Buda said. "It's not every day that you get to see a patient that you're dealing with after the call, so it was good."
"All your life you hear your life is so short," Krug said. "But when something like this happens, you know life is really short, and it can change just like that."
The Mountain View Fire District says if you see someone in distress the best thing you can do is call 911 immediately. Crews also urge people to learn CPR.