- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Rescue workers heading to a conference with their service dogs have revived a man whose heart stopped on a Southern California plane.

Orange County fire Capt. Steve Concialdi (kahn-see-AHL’-dee) says a 70-year-old Florida man collapsed Friday on a United flight from John Wayne Airport to Houston and Florida.

County paramedics Alex Van and Donovan George were aboard with their dogs on their laps. The men work in urban search and rescue and were headed to a Texas conference.

Concialdi says the man had stopped breathing and had no pulse. Concialdi says the paramedics started an IV and used a defibrillator.

The plane was diverted to Phoenix.

Concialdi says by the time it landed, the man was alert and said he wanted to continue to Florida, but he was taken to a Phoenix hospital.

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