Jim Jones the rapper, best known for his breakout single “We Fly High”, is much more than just the rugged MC that he portrays in the media. With his recent life-saving actions, he’s trying to start a new, more important trend of being ready for emergencies.
He and his friend Jerry “Flee Flicks” Flete reflected on when Jones gave him CPR and saved his life. In a recent interview with Inside Edition, Jones opened up about the time he saw Flete struggling to breathe and rushed to his aid during a recent trip to Florida.
“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.”
Inside Edition first reported Sunday (Jan. 2), that the Harlem-born rapper and entrepreneur used CPR to save Jerry Flete, also known as Flee Flicks, after he suddenly collapsed while both were in Florida for a cryptocurrency event for Jones Capo Coin company.
“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.”
Fleet added, “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 later took to Instagram to share the Inside Edition piece, and encourage his fans to get the training he got as a kid to make sure his friend could breathe. As he put it, Flete “scared the shit out of me.”
“God is good who else gone capture me when I b havin th Shit on lol 😂,” he wrote. “On a serious note, I encourage everyone to get cpr lessons for you [and] the family.”
Jones did the right thing by administering CPR and saved a life. When faced with someone choking, you too can save a life.
How to Do CPR
According to the American Red Cross, here are the 7 steps of CPR.
1. Check the scene for safety, form an initial impression and use personal protective equipment (PPE)
2. If the person appears unresponsive, CHECK for responsiveness, breathing, life-threatening bleeding or other life-threatening conditions using shout-tap-shout
3. If the person does not respond and is not breathing or only gasping, CALL 9-1-1 and get equipment, or tell someone to do so
4. Place the person on their back on a firm, flat surface
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