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Teammates Save Elderly Man during Hockey Game

Posted by cocreator on April 11, 2014
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One life has been saved thanks to one of six new defibrillators installed in Fort Erie’s municipal buildings.


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A 65 year-old senior hockey player collapsed on the ice at the Fort Erie Leisureplex Tuesday morning. His team mates started CPR and hooked up the man to an AED and saved his life.

“By the time I got there, he had a good pulse and he was breathing,” fire Chief Larry Coplen said.

The Fort Erie Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responded for the call of a man who collapsed on the ice at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. The man was taken to hospital and treated.

“The life saving units are worth about $2,500 each,” Coplen said.

The fire chief said these units, which are easy to use, can improve cardiac arrest survival rates by 75%.

Although Coplen knew the units would save lives, he didn’t think one of the new units would be used so soon.

He feels it’s important for the public to know how to use a defibrillator in the case of an emergency.

“If members of the public can help (by using a defibrillator), the people who require help can increase their survival rates significantly.”

“People are apprehensive about using these units, however, anyone can learn and anyone can be very effective in saving a life just by taking a three-hour course.”

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Staff Save Star Ice Hockey Player during Game

Posted by cocreator on March 29, 2014
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Dallas Star forward Rich Peverley fell unconscious after collapsing on the bench at last night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Rich Peverley the Survivor

Rich Peverley the Survivor

When the 31-year-old fell unconscious his team mates frantically jumped off the bench and onto the ice while the game was going on to get attention.

Peverley was hurriedly carried into a tunnel where medics carried out chest compressions and defibrillated him as well as using electric shock electricity to bring a rhythm back to his heart.

Peverley was stabilized, transported to a hospital and in good condition Monday night.

The Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player just six months removed from undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

‘When he dropped, it was red alert,’ Ruff said after the game between Dallas and Columbus was postponed with the Blue Jackets leading 1-0 in the first period.

‘Don’t worry about the game. It was about getting the doctors. The players don’t want to play, and I don’t want to coach the team right now.’

Stars forward Erik Cole tried to rush into the tunnel just after Peverley was carried through, only to be turned away.

He then gnawed at the thumb on one of his gloves while he waited for word on what the players would do next.

Sergei Gonchar stared blankly near fellow defenseman Trevor Daley, who was hunched over on the bench, wiping his face with a towel.

‘I was scared,’ Ruff said.

Play was halted at 6:23, and the postponement was announced about 30 minutes later.

Many in the hushed crowd lingered long after the postponement was announced ‘as a result of the emotional state of the players on both teams caused by the medical emergency.’

The NHL didn’t say when the game would be rescheduled.

Peverley’s wife, Nathalie, accompanied him to a hospital, and the Stars essentially told the Blue Jackets they were not keen on finishing the game.

‘They’re shaken and they want to reschedule. We understand that,’ John Davidson, the Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, told Fox Sports Ohio.

‘They were shaken to the core.’

Peverley missed the preseason and the season opener because of a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat, a condition diagnosed during a training camp physical.

He made his Stars debut on Oct. 5 against Washington.

‘We monitor him closely for a different type of arrhythmia he has,’ said Dr. Gil Salazar of UT Southwestern Hospital.

‘He does have a pre-existing condition, and the condition – a normal quivering of the heart that does not allow him to send blood to places where he needs to, in his brain and heart.’

Peverley sat out last week’s game at Columbus because of an irregular heartbeat. He had felt strange after last Monday’s game and couldn’t fly. He played in Dallas’ next two games before Monday.

‘There wasn’t any concern,’ Ruff said. ‘Our doctors have done a fabulous job monitoring the situation.’

In 62 games this season before Monday, Peverley had seven goals and 23 assists.

He was acquired last July from Boston with forward Tyler Seguin and defenseman Ryan Button for forwards Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser, and defenseman Joe Morrow.

‘The first thing (Peverley) asked me was how much time was left in the first period,’ Ruff said.

The Stars went to the airport after the postponement, and even had a scheduled departure for St. Louis that was earlier than it would have been if the game was played. Dallas is scheduled to play the Blues on Tuesday night.

‘He’s going to be OK,’ Ruff said. ‘The care he’s getting and the care going forward is the most important thing.’

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Teammates & Bystanders Save Man during Hockey Game

Posted by cocreator on March 05, 2014
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51 year old Edwin (Eddie) Jackson was participating in a men’s hockey rental at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex in the Town of Aurora on Friday February 21, 2014 at approximately 3:10pm. He skated over to the bench as he was not feeling well.


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Eddie collapsed down on to his knees and then went unconscious onto the floor. His team mate Stephen McDonald immediately responded with Scott Sheppard. Stephen started compressions and Scott gave direct mouth to mouth ventilations. Both men had been trained in first aid and CPR. Meanwhile another teammate ran for the AED unit donated by the Mikey Network in 2005, located in the lobby and shouted to the receptionist Natasha Garro to call 911.

Town employee’s Greg Peri, Aquatic Programmer and Oliver Koh, Full time Deck Supervisor responded to the commotion and ran to the scene. Upon arrival at the scene Greg noticed one of the first responders struggling to open the AED pads. Greg took over and applied the pads to Eddie’s bare chest. Greg signaled for rescuers to stand clear while the AED analysed. The prompted came back, shock advised. Greg administered the shock and instructed Stephen to continue compressions as he had noticed he was doing a good job. Oliver had run to ensure 911 had been called and to get blankets, a first aid kid and accident reports. Scott gave one more breathe while Greg prepared his gloves and pocket mask and then took over breathing. After about 4 breaths Eddie started breathing on his own, his teammates asked how he was doing but Eddie was unable to respond verbally, but was able to blink to commands.

Eddie was placed in recovery position and covered with blankets to treat for shock. Oliver and Greg took a set of vitals and continued to care for Eddie until paramedics arrived on scene. Other staff; Franco DeMarco and Andrew Racine took witness statements and ensured his teammates were ok as it was evident they were in shock after witnessing the event.

Eddie was taken to South Lake Regional Health Care Centre, operated on the next day, a stint was put into his heart, his medication was adjusted and he was released 3 days post incident. It is important to note that this was Eddie’s third heart attack, his friend and lifesaver Stephen McDonald commented that he hopes Eddie will finally hang up his skates.

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Staff & Bystanders Save Man at Arena

Posted by cocreator on January 14, 2014
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“It’s a crazy thing knowing your actions are going to determine what’s going to happen to someone’s life.”


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Joedy Groulx has had considerable CPR and defibrillator training in the four years he’s worked for the city at Welland Arena, preparing him for such an emergency. But the 42-year-old said actually using that training to save someone’s life was an intense experience.

“I very well could have had a heart attack myself,” he said. “It seemed like every second was an hour. It was pretty intense.”

Joedy Groulx the Saviour

Joedy Groulx the Saviour

Niagara paramedics credit Groulx and Chris McEachern with helping save the life of a 45-year-old man who suffered a heart attack at about 9:40 p.m., Wednesday.

Groulx said he used to play for the OVs old-timers hockey team last year, and when he heard they were playing during his shift at the arena he stopped by to say hi to his former teammates.

He said he watched the team play for about five seconds, when McEachern ran out of the dressing room yelling and waving his arms for help.

McEachern grabbed the nearby defibrillator and asked Groulx if he knew how to use it. They raced back to the dressing room to assist a stricken hockey player.

Groulx said McEachern’s brother Stew had already called 911 when the teammate was feeling sick, but at the time, team members thought they could make it to the hospital across the road on their own rather than call in an ambulance.

“As soon as they got him to the door of the dressing room, he collapsed and went into cardiac arrest,” Groulx said.

That’s when Groulx saw McEachern calling for help.

Groulx said the victim was “convulsing and he wasn’t breathing.”

“I started getting the defibrillator out of its case, while Chris was doing compressions.”

Groulx turned on the defibrillator and followed the instructions on its display.

The machine automatically assessed the victim’s condition, and instructed Groulx to clear the area and deliver a shock to the man’s chest.

“I hit the button and it jolted him,” he said.

They resumed CPR, including chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

“His body kind of relaxed from a really tensed-up state … and he started to breathe on his own,” Groulx said.

Paramedics arrived soon after and transported their patient to hospital.

Groulx said he didn’t relax until he learned the heart attack victim was recovering.

“I’m feeling a little better now,” he said. “I wasn’t feeling well until I knew he was going to be OK.”

“Due to the fast actions of the bystanders who knew CPR and a public access defibrillator being available, the patient was successfully resuscitated,” said Niagara Emergency Medical Services Chief Kevin Smith in a media release. “Niagara Emergency Medical Services would like to commend the actions of all involved as this is a prime example of how early CPR and public access defibrillation saves lives.”

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Friends & Staff Save Man in Ice Rink

Posted by cocreator on November 27, 2013
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Roseville resident Scott Rodriguez has a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. For starters, he’s alive and able to spend the holiday with family and friends.


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While playing hockey on Sept. 19 at the Richfield Ice Arena, Rodriguez went into sudden cardiac arrest, according to a Richfield Fire Department release.

Fellow skaters Robert Mueller, Roger Gilbert and Tom Brigl, called for help and began CPR. They were soon joined by ice arena employees Alvin Moore and Gary Piram; who also brought an automated external defibrillator (AED).

As Richfield firefighters and EMTs arrived, the AED shocked Rodriguez’s heart back to a stable rhythm, and he was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center to be treated for a heart attack.

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