ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Around the Ocean Gallery Condominiums, Orlando Pelaez is known for his work ethic, but now he is known as a hero too. He saved the life of his co-worker, Brennon Smith.
Resident Kaye Domke was the first to see Smith on the ground next to his golf cart.
"He was on the ground and he was convulsing and I knew that he was in serious trouble," said Domke.
With no cell phone on her, she began screaming for Palaez. He came running and saw Smith down on the concrete not breathing.
"I stopped and tried to give him CPR, I gave it three times, I stopped and I gave it three times more," said Pelaez.
Fellow maintenance worker Alex Billingsley also came running to see what was happening.
"Honestly I thought he was dead, he just didn't look like he was there at all," Billingsley said.
Alex called 911, while Pelaez continued CPR.
"After about four times I pressed on his chest and he (big gasp) breathed again," Pelaez said.
Smith, who is still at home recovering, says what was first thought to be a seizure was actually cardiac arrest.
"I woke up and all I could remember was Orlando holding me and telling me it was going to be alright...if it wasn't for them I probably wouldn't be here today. I thank God they were there," Smith said.
Palaez, who had never done CPR before, is thanking God too.
"God put me in this place save his life," Pelaez said.