Tom spoke about wanting to thank James for all he’d done to save his life, and seemed shocked and thrilled with Guthrie revealed that they’d found James and brought him there.
The two men hugged tightly as Tom emotionally thanked James for all he did.
Tom later said of James, “He was actually really cool about it, but yeah, I was terrified.”
“I don’t remember thinking. He kept wanting to not lose his foot and I kept reassuring him of that,” James recalled. “And he’s still got it.”
James was able to stay calm in the stressful situation due to his training in the Army Reserves.
“I’ve been in the Army Reserves for over 10 years now. We go through numerous combat lifesaver trainings,” he explained. “I got EMT certified a while back and never did anything with it until the other night. I didn’t go through all that semester for nothing.”