HONOLULU - It an emotional reunion Friday between a man who's heart stopped three times back in June, and the first responders who saved him.

Eight months ago, 71-year-old Kahala residents Stephen and Caroline Bischoff's day started like any other. They were showing out of town friends the beauty of the islands.

"We took pictures at Hanauma Bay, we went by Sandy Beach, we stopped at Waimanalo, walked out and saw the waves," said Stephen.

When they got back to the car, Stephen collapsed.

"He kind of fell to the ground, kind of picked his head up. I thought well he's just going to get back up. But he didn't. Then I got really scared," said Caroline.

Stephen says he doesn't remember anything.

City lifeguards Makena Hart and Noa Spencer quickly jumped into action -- administering CPR.
           
"I'm told that I died three times. That my heart stopped three times," Stephen said.

With the help from members of the Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety, Bischoff suffered five broken ribs, but is alive and able to share his story. And more importantly, to thank those who saved his life.

"We're here to recognize the heroic, life saving efforts of our first responders. Honolulu Ocean Safety, the Emergency Medical Services and the fire department -- Engine 27 from Waimanalo," said Governor David Ige. 

The Bischoffs and their family say they can't show enough gratitude to those who stepped up.

"My doctors told me that I should've died. I should've died, or had a stroke, or had problems with my memory, or brain lapse of some sort. And just I'm just a miracle that I'm still alive. I owe it to the quick response of the responders," Stephen said.

Caroline shared her gratitude for the first responders saying, "They just don't get enough thank you's. You know, it's the day after valentines but it was a heart thing so, we're so happy that he's here."