Hip Hop star Jim Jones is urging his followers to get CPR lessons after he delivered the life-saving procedure to his friend and photographer Jerry “Flee Flicks” Flete.
In an interview with Inside Edition, the Harlem-born rapper/entrepreneur explained how he performed CPR on Flete after he suddenly collapsed while both were in Florida for a cryptocurrency event for Jones’ Capo Coin company.
“I just saw Flee sitting, just going through something that didn’t seem good, like he was choking,” Jones said. “He couldn’t breathe, and his eyes was going back in his head, and he was catching a bit of a seizure. I actually didn’t know what was going on. Kind of scared me.”
The photographer explained that one moment he was fine and the next he recalls waking up to Jones giving him chest compression.
“We [were] just literally just hanging out on a break from work,” Flete told the outlet’s Stephanie Officer. “It just happened so fast. Basically, I woke up [and] Jim [was] giving me chest compressions and telling me, ‘Wake up. Wake up.’ He basically saved my life. I’m here today because of Jim.”
“I didn’t know what was going on at the moment,” Flete recalls. “I guess everything happened so fast. But I had an out-of-body experience. I felt like I was telling myself to come back to myself. Then I just, I guess when I snapped out of it, Jim was giving me chest compressions. The first person I woke up to was just Jim. He was holding me. I was sitting down. It happened while I was sitting down, so Jim was over me, hugging over me, I guess giving me chest compressions. That’s how I started breathing.”
Jones said he learned CPR when he was only 12 years old.
“When I was younger, I had to take these classes for CPR and all that type of things for my little sister who has a heart condition,” he explained. “They needed the whole family to take these special classes before she came home when she was a baby. I think all [of] those classes stuck with me to this day because I remember everything vividly they told me to do in certain situations,” Jones continued.
After the interview, Jones took to Instagram and encouraged his followers to get CPR lessons.