WEBSTER, Texas -

A local man was reunited with paramedics and hospital staff who saved his life after he suffered a heart attack.

Herman Hartman, 72, woke up at around 1:30 a.m. one night in February with excruciating chest pain.  His wife gave him two aspirins and drove him to the closest emergency service center: HealthOne 24 Hour Emergency Care in Pearland.

However, while being transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical Center's Heart & Vascular Hospital, Hartman went into cardiac arrest.  Thanks to Acadian Ambulance Service, Hartman's pulse was re-established before he arrived at the hospital.

"I will forever be grateful to Acadian Ambulance and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center," said Hartman, who has recovered fully. "Being able to receive high-quality healthcare close to home saved my life."

On Wednesday Hartman was reunited with the staff at Clear Lake Regional Medical Center for the first time since he was discharged from the Heart & Vascular Hospital. The hospital  also recognized EMS crew who helped save his life.

"When Acadian Ambulance EMTs and paramedics are working in concert with nurses, other hospital personnel, emergency physicians and cardiologists," said Stephen Jones, CEO, Clear Lake Regional Medical Center. "The result is a finely tuned routine that can dramatically reduce the amount of heart damage a person could suffer during a heart attack. The sooner a person recognizes they are experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack and calls for help (9-1-1), the better the outcome."