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January 18, 2013

Off-duty firefighter/medic saves cardiac arrest victim

While playing a hockey game the 52-year-old man collapsed

By EMS1 Staff

RYE, N.H. — A N.H. firefighter/paramedic saved the life of a man who collapsed during a pick-up game of hockey.

Firefighter/paramedic Jake MacGlashing, 32, a five-year veteran of the Rye Fire Department was using a few hours of his personal time to play in a weekly hockey game with his brother and other friends, according to Sea Coast Online.

While playing, a 52-year-old collapsed. MacGlashing thought that the man was possibly having a seizure.

When everyone started yelling to call 911, MacGlashing kept calm and began administering chest compressions on the man and asked the rink manager for an AED.

MacGlashing's brother, who works in an emergency room, used the AED to shock the man and administered more CPR and delivered another shock before medics arrived to transport the man to the hospital.

The man, who was initially put into a medically induced coma, has been transferred to another hospital and is recovering in stable condition.

"This is an everyday thing. What happens in the back of an ambulance in everyday life," MacGlashing said.

He added that what he did wasn't heroic and that it was through the efforts of everyone around that helped save the man's life.

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