PHOENIX - First responders, like firefighters at local fire stations, typically respond to about 20 emergency calls in a 24-hour shift.

For one Phoenix firefighter, Derek Dee, a recent call hit too close to home when the life he went out to save was his own father's.

Dee's father, Tommy Dee, 71, had a dangerous cardiac arrest event on Sept. 10. He is now on his way to a full recovery.

Dee's mother, Linda and their neighbor, Jason Ross, were also credited with saving the elder Dee's life.

At a ceremony at Fire Station #20 in central Phoenix, the three were recognized for their heroic action by the Arizona Cardiac Arrest Survivors, a nonprofit organization providing education on cardiac arrest and CPR training.