Lifesaving gift came from pickle money

Heart attack victim thanks Huber Heights firefighters for saving his life. (WDTN Photo)

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – One man’s gift gave him a second chance at life in Huber Heights and it is all thanks to a donation.

It’s a reunion unlike most. Just weeks after suffering a heart attack, Oliver Boylan and his family visited the Huber Heights Fire Department to thank them for saving his life.

“Since we have that equipment, unfortunately, you are not the first person we used it on. You are the most successful. That’s huge.”

To fully appreciate the moment, we have to explain how it came about using training, technology and pickles.

“I’m really grateful to everyone involved. I slept through it all.”

That’s right, pickles.

As in the pickle jugs Firehouse Subs sells once they’re empty.

The money is added to customer donations to fund its Public Safety Foundation.

“It’s really heart warming to know we are doing something good in the community,” said Seth Grusenmeyer, Firehouse Subs.

A few months ago, owner Seth Grusenmeyer helped the Huber Heights Fire Department get a grant from the foundation to buy two new machines to help heart attack patients.

“It just amazes me. It was just full circle, that and being my brother in law.”

Oliver was saved by the same equipment his family’s restaurant helped buy.

“This was the most extraordinary part. From Firehouse Subs that it was their donation that pretty much saved my life,” said Oliver Boylan.

“The irony in all of this though is that the equipment was donated by a family member and was directly used to save the patient’s life,” said Mark Ashworth, Huber Heights Fire Chief.

An ironic twist that led to at least one happily ever after.

“Well don’t take this the wrong way, but we hope we don’t see you anymore.”

If you would like to donate to the Firehouse Sub Public Safety Foundation, visit them on Old Troy Pike. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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