But during a May 25th meeting of a firefighters advisory group at the Brighton Fire Station, Felix Conigilo, a 30 year veteran and past chief with the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department, suffered a heart attack right in front of his friends and colleagues including Assistant Kenmore Chief Todd Bieron.
As Felix blacked out and started slumping, Todd and others helped him to the floor.
Some started CPR with chest compressions while others called 911 and ran to grab the Automatic Emergency Defibrillator which is stored at the station.
Chief Bieron says he had to collect himself as he looked at his friend but he attached the device and delivered a life saving shock to re-start Felix’s heart.
Felix was revived as he felt other firefighters performing CPR.
Felix Conigilo says doctors at ECMC told him that all the firefighters and paramedics saved his life with the help of the AED.
Ironically Coniglio was the Kenmore chief when they got their first AED and thought it was just an overpriced piece of equipment that they probably didn’t need.
Coniglio is doing fine now with an implanted pacemaker and defibrillator.