CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- A man who survived a heart attack because of first responders and medical professionals had the chance to see some of them again and thank them.

Robert Amoss had a heart attack while he was driving in January.

"Just felt like an elephant was sitting on my chest, and couldn't hardly breathe," recalled Amoss.

He tried to pull over but crashed into an embankment. His car door was pushed up against the ground.

Amoss called 9-1-1.

Crews got him out through a window and took him to the hospital.

On Tuesday, Amoss was at Chesapeake Fire Department's Firehouse 6 to show his gratitude.

"It really is a blessing to have him come shake our hands," said firefighter/paramedic Kurtis Williamson.

Williamson explained, "We did an EKG, 12-lead EKG, saw that he was having a heart attack."

Amoss didn't think he would make it, but he was wrong.

He now has a pacemaker. The incision made to put it in sits right above a tattoo that says "Mom."

When Amoss looks back, he realizes he ignored warning signs of a heart attack. They were sithat he had about a week before the heart attack.

"Some chest pressure, dizziness, some breathing problems," he said, describing the signs he had a week before the heart attack.

Amoss wants others to learn from his mistake. He's starting to lead a healthier lifestyle and always will be grateful to those who saved his life.