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Snooker Player Saved by Staff & Bystanders during Game

Posted by cocreator on May 28, 2014
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A SNOOKER player’s life was saved by two bar workers who used a defibrillator which had been fitted just a week earlier.


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The St Mary’s Social and Recreation Club’s snooker team in Horwich were playing a match on Thursday night when one of the visiting players, Les Openshaw, collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

Stephen Fisher, a bartender at the club in in Bosworth Street, set the defibrillator up with the help of customers and telephoned manager Susan Stewart, who had been trained to use the machine.

Stephen Fisher & Sue Stewart the Saviours

Stephen Fisher & Sue Stewart the Saviours

Ms Stewart, aged 42, of Arkwright Street, Horwich, said: “It was a very frightening experience. I was sitting at home in my pyjamas when I got the call saying a man had collapsed and I needed to get down there.

“I just told them to get the defibrillator from behind the bar and that it would tell them exactly what to do.

”When I arrived the defibrillator was just starting to deliver shocks so I knew his heart had stopped..

“Then I started doing CPR — I didn’t even hesitate.

“I thought about what I had been taught and just kept on until the ambulance arrived.

“It was terrifying but I was so glad I had done the training — otherwise I don’t think I would have known what to do.”

Mr Openshaw was taken to the Royal Bolton Hospital where he was put into an induced coma. The 86-year-old, who was playing for The Railway Club, in Great Lever, is now understood to be making a recovery in hospital.

Paramedics told Ms Stewart and Mr Fisher that had they not resuscitated the man, he would have died that night at the club.

Mr Fisher, aged 44, from Singleton Avenue in Farnworth, said: “I think your instincts kick in when something like that happens. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous at the time.

“All I could do was try to stay calm as I spoke to the operator and fetched the defibrillator from behind the bar. I dread to think what could have happened had the machine not been fitted eight days before.”

Ms Stewart said that every pub or social club like St Mary’s should have a defibrillator.

She added: “I couldn’t believe it. We’d only had it about a week and I was the only one who had had the training.

“But because it gives such clear instructions, Stephen was able to use it. What an amazing machine. I think every public place should have one.

“And as for Stephen, he was brilliant. Considering he had not done the training, it was amazing what he did. We’re all just hoping the man pulls through.”

David McNally, of North West Ambulance Service, said: “An incident like this emphasises just how important it is to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on hand.

“AEDs are so simple to use and will only deliver a shock to the patient if necessary.”

In February last year, The Bolton News launched its Every School Leaver a Life Saver campaign.

The campaign promotes the teaching of emergency life saving skills in schools and for defibrillators to be placed in as many public places as possible.

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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 & Bystanders Save Elderly Man in Club

Posted by cocreator on April 03, 2014
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Thursday, March 6, was an afternoon Jori Bourdon is certain she’ll never forget.


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That’s the afternoon Bourdon and others saved a life.

Bourdon is the general manager of Norton Pines Athletic Club, 1350 Judson Rd.

Around 1 p.m. March 6, Bourdon heard a shout from the club’s Level 2: “Call 911, a man is down.”

A member of the club, reportedly in his 70s, had suddenly collapsed. He wasn’t breathing, according to eyewitnesses.

Personnel at the front desk called 911, and Bourdon ran upstairs. A man was trying CPR. Bourdon took over with that, and another employee brought up a defibrillator.

A club member came up to help Bourdon with chest compressions. The AED was opened, and someone cut the man’s shirt off. Bourdon and another staffer put the device’s pads on his chest. The readout advised that shock be applied, so they did, and kept doing it until the device said no shock advised, Bourdon said.

They continued CPR and monitored the man to see if he was breathing. Around that time firefighter first responders arrived, followed quickly by a Professional Med Team ambulance and Norton Shores police.

“My training automatically kicked in,” Bourdon said. “I was shocked that I could hold myself together under a stressful situation and be able to perform CPR. Everything I had been trained to do came to me.”

Bourdon credits “very thorough” training courses for Norton Pines employees by the club’s safety instructor, Jack Redeker. All employees are CPR certified and trained in first aid and AED use, she said. The club holds a training class monthly.

“It is very important to have an AED and until I had to use it they were just three boxes placed strategically around the club,” Bourdon said. “We all know where they are, but they now have meaning to me.

“The paramedics said we did everything right and that the AED saved his life.”

The experience has changed her, Bourdon said.

“Even though the outcome was so positive, it is very emotional and it will change me forever,” she said. “I am so thankful that if something like this had to happen, I am glad that it happened here where we could help him.”

Rescue personnel were impressed at the response and the good results.

“When we walked in, the gentleman was still on the floor, was not yet conscious but was breathing,” Kinnucan said. “Within a matter of a couple of minutes after our arrival, he was talking to us.”

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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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City Employee Saves Man during Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on November 05, 2013
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Dwayne Harrison, 23, is alive today. For that he thanks the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario and Toronto Emergency Medical Services’ Cardiac Safe City Public Access Defibrillator Program, and a fast-acting City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation worker as well as Toronto EMS paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers.


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Harrison, a member of the George Brown College Huskies men’s basketball team, was playing a pickup game at Lawrence Heights Community Centre in North York on August 29 at about 8:45 p.m. when he collapsed from a sudden cardiac arrest. Tonight, at 8 p.m., courtside in George Brown College’s King Street East gymnasium, Harrison met and thanked his rescuers for the first time since the incident. Dwayne Harrison Recognition Night was organized by Harrison’s coach, Jonathan Smith.

Harrison thanked Ted Rennie, the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation custodian who called 911 for paramedic assistance. Thanks to Rennie’s training – provided as part of Toronto EMS’s Safe City program – and the help of a bystander, he was able to start cardiopulmonary resuscitation and retrieve the centre’s automated external defibrillator (AED) to deliver two life-saving shocks.

Rennie was assisted over the phone by Toronto EMS emergency medical dispatcher Rocky Ruffolo and later by Toronto EMS paramedics Jose Araujo and Kyle Romany, who provided further care at the scene and during the transport to Sunnybrook Hospital’s cardiac care centre.

Harrison commented, “Every morning, every day it hits me. I think of what happened and how people – friends and strangers – did things to keep me alive.”

“Although AEDs are simple for any bystander to use, in this case the employees were trained as part of our Cardiac Safe City Program,” said Gayle Pollock, Toronto EMS Commander, Safe City. “With their training and willingness to help, they started the chain of events to make this a success story.”

According to Pollock, “It requires a complete team effort to save a life, including a bystander willing to help, an emergency medical dispatcher ready to assist with instructions over the phone, paramedics with advanced care medical support, and the continued care emergency room with cardiac staff and physicians.”

“This life saved is a testament to what happens when community members learn CPR and use an AED when it is within reach,” said Andrew Lotto, Manager of Resuscitation Programs, Heart and Stroke Foundation. “With continued support of the public, community groups and funding partners, one day AEDs will be as commonplace as fire extinguishers in Ontario to save lives.”

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