Singer Peabo Bryson visits metro Atlanta first responders who saved his life


(L to R): Logan Rogers (1st Responder Paramedic), Kayla Williams (1st Responder Advanced EMT), David Beranek (Cobb County Field Supervisor – behind Kayla), Chief Randy Crider (Cobb County Fire Dept.), Peabo BrysonTanya Boniface BrysonKim Bowie (1st Responder Firefighter), Anthony Helms (1st Responder Firefighter – behind Kim), Rich Ferguson (1st Responder Paramedic Engineer), Destiny Davidson(911 Director) and Chris Hayes (911 Supervisor and Dispatcher).

Double Grammy / Double Oscar Award-winning, Peabo Bryson, and his wife Tanya Boniface Bryson, made a special visit to Cobb County Fire Station 3, on Tuesday, May 14, to personally thank the first responders that saved his life when he suffered a heart attack at his home in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 27, 2019.

“Here I am, thanks to you guys,” said Bryson as he gratefully addressed the first responders and supporting staff. “You don’t know that you’re going to survive anything like this, but when you do, the life that you had before is not the life that you have now. There is so much to be grateful for and I’ve learned to believe in the concept of second-hand grace.”

The heartfelt gathering, which was filled with thankful tears, warm hugs, grateful smiles, and deserving awards was a clear celebration of life and those who are dedicated to saving lives.

His wife, Tanya Boniface Bryson, added, “From the minute it happened to the minute they found a pulse to the minute he got better, the whole thing has been flawless and I can’t thank everybody enough.”

In direct address to 911 Supervisor and Dispatcher, Chris Hayes, Tanya admitted, “I was a mess and you guided me through it in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to do it without you.” Hayes was instrumental in guiding Tanya through performing CPR on her husband until the first responders arrived.

Tanya also shared their appreciation of the doctors and nursing staff at WellStar Kennestone Hospital where Mr. Bryson was rushed on the night of his attack.

“He wasn’t aware of all the nurses working around him, but I was the one liaising with them and talking to them, and they guided me through each phase of his recovery.”

In cosign to his wife’s effort and dedication to saving his life, Mr. Bryson added, “She gets the ‘Xena Award.’ She is the warrior princess from now on!”

All of the first responders who played a part in saving Mr. Bryson’s life were in attendance: Chris Hayes (911 Supervisor and Dispatcher), Logan Rogers (1st Responder Paramedic), Kayla Williams (1st Responder Advanced EMT), Kim Bowie (1st Responder Firefighter), Anthony Helms (1st Responder Firefighter) and Rich Ferguson (1st Responder Paramedic Engineer). Also attending were Chief Randy Crider (Cobb County Fire Dept.), Destiny Davidson (Cobb County 911 Director) and David Beranek (Cobb County Field Supervisor).

“When you think of the magnitude of what we do as first responders, I really am not sure that people wrap their minds around the difference that they make in people’s lives,” shared Cobb County Department Fire Chief Randy Crider.

“There are very few occupations out there where you can lay your head on your pillow at night to say I have a one-year-old son an opportunity to be raised by his mom and his dad.”

Mr. Bryson continues his rest and recovery at his Marietta home.

Photo Credit: Candace Ledbetter for CNBetter Media

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