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Off-duty Mass. firefighters save hockey player in cardiac arrest

Firefighters from three departments are recognized for their quick work with CPR and an AED

By Heather Morrison

PLYMPTON, Mass. — Two off-duty firefighters saved another player after he went into cardiac arrest during a hockey game.

Plympton and Duxbury Firefighter Scott Hill and Braintree Firefighter Brian Oriola were both playing an amateur hockey game at Hobomock Arena in Pembroke when one of the players had a cardiac arrest, the Plympton Fire Department wrote on Facebook. They both quickly recognized the emergency and began CPR. Another player grabbed an AED.

The man, 64, had been sitting on the home team’s bench when he fell over, according to WCVB.

The man eventually regained consciousness. He was awake and talking when Pembroke Permanent Firefighters arrived to take him to the hospital about three minutes later, the news station reported.

“This event demonstrates the importance of early recognition of cardiac arrest, immediate CPR, and defibrillation,” the fire department wrote. “We urge everyone to take a CPR class and become familiar with the use of an AED.”

The teams clapped as the man was taken to the hospital and the teams were able to finish their game, WCVB reported.

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