Retired SFMD Firefighter Saves AJ Woman

By Richard Ochs

A retired Superstition Fire & Medical District (SFMD) fire captain and paramedic jumped into action and helped save the life of an Apache Junction woman last week.

On Jan. 14, 2019, retired Fire Captain and Paramedic Mike Gregorie witnessed a woman driving erratically in Apache Junction.

After a closer look, Mr. Gregorie saw that the woman was unconscious behind the wheel of a slow moving car.

He got ahead of the vehicle and reached in to shut off the engine and bring the vehicle to a safe stop.

Gregorie then removed the woman from the car and determined that she was unconscious and in full cardiac arrest.

He called 911 and began life saving CPR until fire district paramedics arrived. The women was transported to a local hospital and is expected to recover from her event.

Mike Gregorie was hired full time by the SFMD in 1984, then the Apache Junction Fire District, after having served several years as a volunteer firefighter for the district. He retired in 2014.


  1. Captain Gregorie, you are a dear man & a hero. Most people these days would just drive by, but you did the right thing. You deserve honor & respect. Well done, sir!!

  2. Wow, very quick thinking on your part and very brave, you probably saved more than one life by doing what you did.

  3. We are snowbirds (for five months) here in AJ and it is a great comfort to know that there are people like you. God bless you.

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