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Fire fighters save woman's life with EpiPen

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Patients concerned about the cost of EpiPens. (Courtesy: AP Graphics) Patients concerned about the cost of EpiPens. (Courtesy: AP Graphics)

In an act of desperation, Liz Cox rang the bell at the Mauldin Fire Department, in hopes they could help her. "I pulled into their fire driveway, in their fire station and crawled... and literally crawled to the door," said Cox. 

As Cox franticly parked her car in front of trucks that race to emergencies, she came to them near death. "Already I was going into anaphlyactic shock," she said.

Cox said she had been attacked by fire ants at a friends house. "They got up under my sandals and started biting me," said Cox. She tried to get home, but couldn't make it.  She said it was an act of god that lead her here.

"In my mind, he said firemen! Firemen, Firemen!" said Cox. Luckily the brave men and woman at Mauldin headquarters had the training and means to help save her. "They gave me a shot of epinephrine," said Cox. 

The drug more commonly known as an EpiPen, all firefighters and paramedics in the City of Mauldin carry them. "After we got a good assessment on her, we could tell that she you know had some swelling and all the signs," said Jacob Looney a fire fighter and paramedic. 

Looney said that because they have EpiPens on hand, they've been able to save more than just Liz Cox's life. "I'm just grateful the city pays for us to get the training and the medications we need to make a difference in people's lives, and I wish more people knew that we had that."

Other agencies in Greenville County are also considering carrying EpiPens as well, like the Greenville Police Department. "We show up on scene and someone needs an emergency assistance medically so really, it's a good tool to have," said Gilberto Franco. 

Franco is with the Greenville Police Department and said they show up to scenes before anyone else is there. They feel having EpiPens could be equally as effective for deadly allergic reactions...just as the Narcan they carry can help immediately reverse deadly overdoses. 

"Instead of us just waiting, pretty much waiting till EMS gets there it gives us now that tool to start helping them out and save someone's life," said Officer Franco. 

And while there isn't a timeline on when they could get the medicine, Franco said they hope to get more life saving tools like EpiPens in the future because for people like Liz Cox, she now knows what having them, can do.

"They're my heroes they are absolutely... God, God sent me to them to help me," said Cox. 

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