Wife saves firefighter's life with CPR - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Wife saves firefighter's life with CPR

Posted: Updated:
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Two nights after Christmas, Jessica Pichette and her husband, Luke, were getting ready to go to bed.

Jessica says her husband began making strange sounds, she thought he was having a stroke.

“I started dialing 911 at that time, kind of rolled him of over and at that time he a big deep breathe and then he was gone, he was not breathing, his eyes were rolled back,” Pichette said.

Luke, a Captain for the Coeur d’Alene Fire Department, went into cardiac arrest.

While one the phone with 911, Jessica pulled her husband off the bed and began CPR.

“I did chest compressions a few times I checked for a pulse, I could not find a pulse,” she said.

Jessica did chest compressions for six minutes until sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and EMS arrived and took him to the hospital.

He would spend the next seven days there until he was released to a hero’s welcome.

It was a difficult time for Jessica, fearing something could happen again.

“As a firefighters wife or as a police officers wife you worry about your husband or your wife at work, you don't worry about them at home, you think that's there safe place,” Pichette said, “my husband died in front of me at home, I watched it happen at home and it was terrifying."

But her prior CPR training is what made the difference.

The crucial skill is what saved her husband’s life and she hopes it’s something everyone can learn.

“My husband is alive because those first minutes are so crucial because I sprung into action and I just knew that I had to do it, there was no option for me not to do it,” Pichette said.

Luke is now back on duty.

Jessica says she would do the same thing, even for a stranger on the street if it meant keeping someone alive.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Health advisory issued for Fernan Lake

    Health advisory issued for Fernan Lake

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 7:25 PM EDT2018-07-18 23:25:34 GMT
    Panhandle Health DistrictPanhandle Health District

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Fernan Lake. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms have the potential to produce dangerous toxins in areas of the lake. 

    >>

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho - Panhandle Health District (PHD) and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) have issued a health advisory for Fernan Lake. PHD is urging the public to use caution when recreating in or near the water. Water quality monitoring confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, commonly known as blue-green algae. Blue-green algal blooms have the potential to produce dangerous toxins in areas of the lake. 

    >>
  • Dog missing after fatal Spokane Valley crash has been found

    Dog missing after fatal Spokane Valley crash has been found

    Thursday, July 19 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-07-19 17:19:32 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - UPDATE: Pamela called KHQ this morning to let us know her beloved dog Pearl has been found after our story aired Wednesday night. She tells us she's going to pick Pearl up from SCRAPS Thursday.

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - UPDATE: Pamela called KHQ this morning to let us know her beloved dog Pearl has been found after our story aired Wednesday night. She tells us she's going to pick Pearl up from SCRAPS Thursday.

    >>
  • Spokane man facing involuntary manslaughter charges

    Spokane man facing involuntary manslaughter charges

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 10:52 PM EDT2018-07-19 02:52:50 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A judge has picked the jury for the trial of a man charged in the deaths of three people who died in a 2016 boat crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene, but the start has been delayed. Wednesday, both the prosecutors and the defense were hoping to begin opening arguments, but they are still tied up in motions that have delayed the start. The jury was selected in the case for Dennis Magner, but they were asked to leave while both sides continue their motions. 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A judge has picked the jury for the trial of a man charged in the deaths of three people who died in a 2016 boat crash on Lake Coeur d'Alene, but the start has been delayed. Wednesday, both the prosecutors and the defense were hoping to begin opening arguments, but they are still tied up in motions that have delayed the start. The jury was selected in the case for Dennis Magner, but they were asked to leave while both sides continue their motions. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • US may pick Western headquarters for land agency in 8 months

    US may pick Western headquarters for land agency in 8 months

    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:44:23 GMT
    Bureau of Land ManagementBureau of Land Management

    DENVER (AP) - The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West. The bureau is part of Zinke's department. Combs offered no hints about where the new headquarters will be. 

    >>

    DENVER (AP) - The Trump administration says it may pick a new Western headquarters for the nation's largest land management agency in the next six to eight months. Susan Combs, a senior adviser to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, told a Senate committee Thursday that Zinke is committed to moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to the West. The bureau is part of Zinke's department. Combs offered no hints about where the new headquarters will be. 

    >>
  • Police: Man suspected of burglaries in 9 states arrested

    Police: Man suspected of burglaries in 9 states arrested

    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:31 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:31:22 GMT

    AUBURN, Maine (AP) - A man suspected in a series of burglaries and thefts and wanted in nine states has been arrested by police in Maine. York County Sheriff William King Jr. says an investigation by his department and other law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of 55-year-old Joseph Hodge of Jacksonville, Florida. The Portland Press Herald reports Hodge was taken into custody early Wednesday at an Auburn motel.   

    >>

    AUBURN, Maine (AP) - A man suspected in a series of burglaries and thefts and wanted in nine states has been arrested by police in Maine. York County Sheriff William King Jr. says an investigation by his department and other law enforcement agencies led to the arrest of 55-year-old Joseph Hodge of Jacksonville, Florida. The Portland Press Herald reports Hodge was taken into custody early Wednesday at an Auburn motel.   

    >>
  • WATCH: Goliath grouper gobbles reef shark in one bite

    WATCH: Goliath grouper gobbles reef shark in one bite

    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:15 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:15:10 GMT
    Everglades Fishing Co.Everglades Fishing Co.

    PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - Sometimes the prey becomes the predator. In a battle between a grouper and a shark, you might be surprised who the victor was. A video out of Everglades City in Florida captured a 500-pound grouper eating a 3-foot reef shark in one bite near a fishing boat. The video was posted by Everglades Fishing Company last week. The shark was hooked on a fishing lane belly up in the water, and the fisherman was reeling it in when a shadow approached.

    >>

    PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - Sometimes the prey becomes the predator. In a battle between a grouper and a shark, you might be surprised who the victor was. A video out of Everglades City in Florida captured a 500-pound grouper eating a 3-foot reef shark in one bite near a fishing boat. The video was posted by Everglades Fishing Company last week. The shark was hooked on a fishing lane belly up in the water, and the fisherman was reeling it in when a shadow approached.

    >>