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Cedar Rapids man thanks first responders for saving life after electrocution

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A Cedar Rapids man who nearly died a few months ago got to thank the crew who brought him back to life.

On Monday, Paul Phillips was reunited with the first responders who rescued him.

The 23-year-old was nearly electrocuted in August while working for the City of Cedar Rapids Sewer Department. He had no pulse and was not breathing for several minutes.

Thanks to the paramedics, firefighters and police officers who responded, Phillips now said he is doing well and will be able to see his daughter grow up.

"If it wasn't for the first responders, I would have missed her first birthday," said Phillips. "The accident happened a month before she was due to turn one. And because of them, I got to see it."

Phillips also thanked his co-workers, who called 911 right away. Phillips said it helped save his life.

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