Jim Jones, rapper, reality star, and entrepreneur, can now add lifesaver status to his resume. His Harlem-born team was at a crypto event in Florida when Jerry Flete (aka Flee Flicks) suddenly fell ill.
Jim intervened and saved his life.
The men talked to Stephanie Officer, Inside Edition Digital’s Stephanie Officer, in order to re-tell their story.
“We was just literally just hanging out on a break from work. Just hanging out,”Jerry said. “It just happened so fast. Basically, I woke up, Jim giving me chest compression and telling me, ‘Wake up. Wake up.’ He basically saved my life. I’m here today because of Jim.”
Jim said that he was making a phone call and Doug yelled at him frantically. He then turned around to see the situation.
“I just saw Flee sitting, just going through something that didn’t seem good like he was choking,”Jim 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.”
“I didn’t know what was going on at the moment,”Jerry explained. “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.
“Jim was the first person I saw when I woke awake. He was holding my hand. I was sitting down. Jim was there, hugging me and giving me chest compressions. It happened while I was seated down. This is how I began to breathe.”
Jim believes something he learned when he was 12 years old saved Jerry’s life.
“I was younger when” he said, “For my little sister with a heart condition, I had to take these classes in CPR and other related subjects. The family needed to attend these classes together before she returned home as a baby.
“I think all those classes stuck with me all the way to this day because I remember everything vividly they told me to do in certain situations. I got over there. I just was as frantic and confused as everybody else at first. And then something just jumped in me like, get to it. It gave him life again.”
Jim believes that this experience has motivated him to be more mindful of his health. Jerry is now more active in the gym thanks to Jim. Jim offers some workout tips for someone who doesn’t like to work out or is like Jerry: Just get moving.
“Movement is medicine,”He noted. “The easiest exercise you can do is make sure that you walking and you running a little bit.
“Although I exercise hard to be able to eat what I want, that is not an excuse. I should be eating a lot better than what I eat, so I try to eat 50 per cent better than I did yesterday. So, I am still learning.”
“Wealth is health” he added. “I urge everyone to take care. Take care of yourself. It’s not a job. Every day, do something that will help you live longer.”
Jerry is grateful for Jim and calls him a hero for saving his life. “Jim is the reason I’m here today. Who knows what could have happened without him? Without Jim, I wouldn’t likely be here today.”
But Jim is taking it all in stride. “I’m not a hero.” he said. “Batman is a superhero, but I’m no hero.”