Every time a STARS helicopter passes overhead, Gordon Fletcher takes a moment to reflect.

On Oct. 2, 2013 Gordon was carried by STARS after suffering a massive heart attack – a day that he and his family were convinced he would surely die.

“Whenever the helicopter goes by I think about how fortunate I am to be alive,” he said. “I live that day all over again.”

Gordon was taken to Queen Elizabeth 2 Hospital in Grande Prairie after collapsing from a heart attack in nearby Grovedale. Luckily, his wife and son were with him and called 911.

Once at the hospital, however, Gordon’s condition worsened and doctors decided he needed care at a larger trauma centre and called STARS. While en route to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Gordon regained consciousness in the helicopter.

“I could tell I was getting the best of care but my nurse said they were concerned they were going to lose me,” said Gordon, 67.

Today, Gordon, who is retired, feels happy and healthy.

He also feels grateful.

“We do what we can to support STARS every year because without that helicopter and the people inside I would not be here,” said Gordon. “It’s as simple as that.”

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