Former San Jose council member Nancy Pyle suffered a heart attack while attending a luncheon Saturday at the San Jose Convention Center.
Firefighters, who happened to be at the venue when Pyle went into cardiac arrest, were able to resuscitate her in a matter of moments. The quick response likely saved the longtime teacher, whose breathing and heart had stopped, Pyle said.
Pyle, who spoke to NBC Bay Area on the phone, is currently recovering and resting at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
"The San Jose firefighters are the best in the world," she said, adding that she is still "weak" and "sore."
Pyle also expressed gratitude to hospital staff who are taking care of her. She said she also wants people to know that they should always go to the nearest hospital – even if it’s not in their insurance network – because her story proves that "every second counts."
Pyle represented District 10 on the City Council and has lived in San Jose since 1960.