An off-duty firefighter is credited with saving the life of a woman who collapsed inside a Life Time Fitness in the Chicago area.

James Amos had just completed his workout March 20 at the Life Time club in Algonquin, IL, when he heard an announcement of a member who needed assistance, The Daily Herald newspaper reported. The member, a woman in her 30s, had collapsed and gone into cardiac arrest. The woman was not breathing and had no pulse.

After administering CPR, Amos used the club's automated external defibrillator (AED) before resuming CPR. The woman began breathing on her own but remained unconscious. Firefighters from the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District arrived and took the woman to a nearby hospital. Amos, of the West Dundee Fire Department, told the newspaper last week that the woman was doing much better.

"I always feel like I have a duty to act," Amos said. "I just wanted to help."

The district's assistant fire chief commended Life Time Fitness for having an AED readily available.

Amos could receive the Lamplighter Award and other commendations for his heroics, the newspaper reported.