Firefighter & YMCA Staff Save Elderly Man

Posted by cocreator on March 19, 2014
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This is the story of a small group of people who saved the life of a man who calls them his guardian angels:

Bill Tamaat the Survivor

Bill Tamaat the Survivor

Last month Bill Tamaat was going about his day but something was different about the way he was feeling.

“Going down the interstate the pain still didn’t go away, so i pulled up behind the YMCA and I thought, ‘well I’ll sit here and take a couple Aspirins. I ate a power bar and I thought it may go away, but it still didn’t,” said Bill.

He kept feeling that pain in his chest and before he knew it, he was out.

Bill said, “They said ‘Bill how are you doing?’ I said not very well, and within a split second, I was on the floor.”

Bill’s heart stopped, and that’s when his hero’s came to the rescue. Volunteer firefighter Fred Dekeyser was at the YMCA’s Briargate Center that day. He said there’s no better reward than saving a life.

Similarly, Mary and Alycia, who both work at the YMCA didn’t think twice about helping out. This was Alycia’s first time using her CPR skills.

“I just thought about what I needed to do and then afterwards I thought about the fact that he is a friend, and I am truly grateful that he is still here,” said Alycia.

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Cop & Firefighters Save Man on the Street

Posted by cocreator on February 20, 2014
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The call came in as the sun was setting, around 5:40 p.m. Thursday. A 33-year-old man was with his family, talking on his cellphone, when he suddenly fell to the ground in the middle of a street in the city’s South End.

Luke Deer the Saviour

Luke Deer the Saviour

By the time police arrived three minutes later, the man wasn’t breathing. He had no pulse. He was dying, and officers Luke Deer and Stephen Sayer had to save him.

Deer had just graduated the police academy in January, only patrolling with Albany police for two months. It was the first time he was asked to give CPR outside of training.

“I started chest compressions and did that for about two minutes,” Deer said. “That’s the most important thing. It pretty much gets the heart beating for the person.”

When the fire department came, Deer and firemen switched back and forth, trying to kick-start the man’s heart while waiting for the ambulance near Putnam Street and Second Avenue. Emergency medical crews at Albany Medical Center Hospital were able to fully restore the man’s pulse, but credited the rookie cop with having a large hand in saving the man’s life.

“I think with any situation, anyone is nervous the first time,” Deer said. “But you have a job to do. You just fall back on your training.”

Though it was his first time giving CPR, Deer has been in far more harrowing situations before. He served as an infantryman in the Marines before training to become a cop, serving one tour in Iraq and another in Afghanistan.

“At least when you’re here you don’t have to worry about any IEDs,” Deer said, referring to improvised explosive devices, which have killed scores of troops overseas. “I’ve been in much more stressful situations.”

The man Deer helped save, who was not identified, is currently in critical condition at Albany Med. Police said the man has a history of heart problems.

Growing up in foster care in Feura Bush, Deer, a Ravena High School graduate, said he didn’t have a lot of career choices. He enlisted in the Marines to serve his country and wanted to stay in public service. A career in law enforcement seemed a natural transition, and Albany police are glad to have him on their side.

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Coaches & Firefighter Save Referee during Soccer Game

Posted by cocreator on February 14, 2014
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Two weeks ago on an athletic field at Salpointe Catholic High School soccer referee Michael Chaison collapsed and died.

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Before stunned onlookers, Chaison lay on the field in sudden cardiac arrest. Players from both teams gathered and knelt on the field and prayed the “Our Father”as a group of Salpointe athletic personnel and an off-duty fire captain raced to bring him back to life.

It was, fire officials say, their decisive actions in calling for help and beginning chest-compression-only CPR on Chaison that helped save him.

Michael Chaison the Survivor

Michael Chaison the Survivor

On Wednesday, Chaison gathered with his rescuers for the first time since that night, Jan 28. The veteran referee emotionally showed his gratitude to three Salpointe staff members and a Tucson Fire Department captain for saving him.

“You really can’t thank somebody for this,” said Chaison, 56, holding back tears as his family, school staff members and Tucson Fire personnel looked on at a ceremony at Salpointe. He said their actions gave him a second chance for life to share with Linda, his wife of 35 years, and their two children, a granddaughter and another grandchild expected soon.

Chaison stood near his rescuers: Kyle Bowen, a certified athletic trainer; Phil Gruensfelder, athletic director; Keith Shinaberry, assistant athletic director; and Tucson Fire Capt. Michael Coyle.

Looking back at the night he was refereeing a game between Salpointe and Sabino high schools, it’s easy to see why he is thankful.

Chaison’s heart stopped beating and within minutes he was administered CPR and given an electrical shock from an automated external defibrillator, while the emergency was reported to 911.

Paramedics arrived at the school, 1545 E. Copper St., in less than five minutes and took over his treatment, administering medication and transporting Chaison to University of Arizona Medical Center within 15 minutes of his collapse.

Chaison, who has a family history of heart disease, just remembered feeling good that night, being on the field and ready for the match.

The next thing he remembered was waking up in the emergency room, where he underwent exams.

One exam showed that he had suffered an earlier heart attack and he did not know it. It could have happened in his sleep, doctors told him.

Chaison had stents inserted and underwent a balloon angioplasty to clear one artery, and doctors also inserted an internal cardiac defibrillator under the skin on his upper left side with a wire leading to a ventricle of the heart. He was released days later, and will undergo cardiotherapy in two weeks.

Salpointe athletic officials have first-aid training and the automated external defibrillator is kept on the sidelines at games for emergencies.

Chaison laughed with Coyle, who was at the game to cheer on the Sabino team, because the two spoke about the CPR Chaison received, which fractured several of his ribs. “Every time I sneeze, my chest hurts,” he said.

Linda Chaison said this last medical emergency is enough for the family.

“It comes in threes,” she quipped, explaining that for the last 2½ years she has dealt with breast cancer and leukemia and now is in remission.

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Off-Duty Firefighter Save Elderly Man while Shopping

Posted by cocreator on December 30, 2013
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It was a true Christmas miracle.

Rudy Goop the Saviour

Rudy Goop the Saviour

A 72-year-old man who collapsed on the ground Monday and had no pulse while waiting in line at a Bronx cheese shop was brought back to life by an off-duty firefighter.

Lt. Rudy Goop from Engine Co. 46 was waiting with his son about 9:30 a.m. at an Arthur Ave. shop to buy fresh mozzarella and ricotta cheese for a big Christmas dinner. Then a blood-curdling scream pierced through the holiday bustle from outside the store.

The 24-year FDNY veteran raced outside and found Miguel Ingulli on the street while his wife wailed in panic.

“I realize the guy is having a heart attack so I started doing chest compressions,” Goop said.

The smoke eater worked on the Ingulli and instructed another cheese shop patron to call firefighters at Engine Co. 88 four blocks away.

“This guy was dead,” a source said of the victim, who was unresponsive and had turned blue.

Goop kept pressing on the man’s chest in a desperate attempt to keep him alive until help arrived.

“I could see the color in his face change. I was pumping the blood into his heart,” Goop said.

Firefighters from Engine Co. 88 arrived and shocked the man back to life with a defibrillator.

Ingulli was then rushed to St. Barnabas Hospital in stable condition.

The man who hours ago clutched his chest and crumbled to the pavement as death was creeping in is now alert and talking.

“I love him. I have to thank him,” he told The News from his hospital bed.

“He’s a nice guy. He saved my life. What can be better than this?”

Meanwhile, Goop, who was resting at his Orange County home before the holidays, said there was no guarantee CPR would work on the victim.

“Sometimes no matter how hard you try, the results don’t always turn out so good, but today it did,” said Goop. “It’s amazing that he came back.”

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Firefighters on Bikes Save Runner

Posted by cocreator on December 12, 2013
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A Marietta runner is recovering in the hospital this holiday weekend after firefighters say his heart stopped beating on Thanksgiving morning.

Channel 2’s Steve Gehlbach spoke to the two firefighters on bikes got to him just in time to save his life.

He obtained iPhone video that shows the more than 11,000 runners taking part in the annual Gobble Jog Thanksgiving morning.

Firefighters learned Jeff Menard and Dave Hardin were on the course riding bicycles.

“Little bit of training, a little bit of luck,” said Hardin.

About half way through the run, near Margaret and Cherokee streets, a man in his 40s went down.

“He fell behind us and some of the other runners were screaming to get our attention,” Menard said.

Just after they got to him the man’s heart stopped beating.

They say that’s when their training kicked in and went to work.

“You don’t really have much time to think about your emotions or how you feel. You’re thinking about what you need to do to save that person’s life,” Hardin said.

The bikes have the same life-saving equipment found on the big fire trucks, just a lot more mobile.

The firefighters used a defibrillator to shock the runner’s heart and gave him CPR.

“From the time that he went into cardiac arrest to the time we had him in the ER was eight minutes, which is unheard of,” Hardin said.

The pair hasn’t been able to find out much about the man they saved. But he’s now in the hospital and alive.

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