Spectators Save Man during Basketball Game in School

Posted by cocreator on March 07, 2014
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A life-threatening incident at a local basketball game had a happy ending, thanks to the quick action of two women.

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Debi Mrozowski, a secretary at Rock Hill School, was sitting courtside Feb. 23 keeping score at a Parks and Recreation Department basketball league game when she heard yells coming from another court about an “unresponsive” man.

“You don’t know how you’re going to react until you’re thrown into that situation,” Mrozowski said.

A 38-year-old man playing basketball went down and was unresponsive. Mrozowski started CPR and told Connie Bickford to grab the building’s automated external defibrillator. Bickford, whose husband plays in the basketball league, then helped with CPR.

Mrozowski said she remembered yanking the man’s shirt up and placing the pads on him.

“I was focused on what I was doing,” she said. “We took turns doing CPR until the paramedics and fire department arrived.”

Mrozowski said she used the defibrillator three times, and she thinks the paramedics shocked him another two times. Mrozowski said she was told to keep giving CPR while the fire and paramedic crews set up their equipment. When paramedics took over, Mrozowski said she crawled away.

“It was surreal,” Mrozowski said about the moments after the man was taken away by ambulance. “The one thing I remember is the players were thanking us and hugging us.”

Kevin Ridley, a teammate of the victim, praised the women.

“They really went into action fast,” he said.

Mrozowski said the rest of the day was tough and every time she thought about it, tears came to her eyes.

“I don’t think I fell asleep until 3 a.m. and when I did, I just saw him lying on the ground,” Mrozowski said.

Teammate Kevin Ridley said the man, a Meriden resident, was treated in the hospital intensive care unit.

“I feel thrilled to know I made a difference in someone’s life,” Mrozowski said. “I was blessed to be in the right place at the right time.

Mrozowski and Bickford will be honored at an upcoming Parks and Recreation Commission meeting. The AED machines are in all the schools in town along with the Parks and Recreation.

The campaign to have the AED defibrillator machines came after a similar incident in 2006 when 17-year-old Mike Papale Jr. was playing basketball and an undiagnosed medical condition caused him to collapse. The Papale family became advocates to have the AED machines available in town. Mrozowski said her husband knew the Papale family growing up.

Wallingford Fire Battalion Chief Edward Butkus said the two women did a “heck of a job” and that their efforts could have been the difference between life and death.

“Everyone should be trained on it,” Butkus said about AEDs. “If you get one save out of 100 it still worth doing.”

Butkus said saving lives isn’t like it’s portrayed on television, and the actual percentage of people saved is not that high, but in this case, all the right elements came together.

“It’s what we get paid to do. We are highly trained,” Butkus said. “For a layman to do it, that’s a true hero.”

Butkus said he hopes the incident will encourage people to be trained in using a defibrillator.

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Coach & Teachers Save Grandfather Spectator at Granddaughter Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on February 24, 2014
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A heart attack lasts just minutes, but it was the hours before the game at Anderson Elementary Tuesday night that saved the life of a Sand Springs grandfather.

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At a fourth-grade basketball game on Tuesday night, a man watching his granddaughter play had a heart attack.

Witnesses said what happened next is all thanks to God’s timing.

When minutes mattered at an Anderson Elementary basketball game the staff was ready.

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“You saved a life. I don’t know. I don’t know if it’s really hit home yet or anything,” basketball coach Harold Dotson said. “It’s just, with the training that we had fresh in our mind, it just kicked in, so we just did what we had to do.”

Coincidentally, on Monday Seven Anderson teachers including Dotson, learned CPR.

On Tuesday, the school got its first defibrillator.

“We put that over here in case of some kind of emergency like that, which, you never thought you would use it in any case,” Dotson said.

That night, as the game got underway, a Sand Springs grandfather in the stands started slumping over.

“So I ran over kind of to see what was going on, and they mentioned they thought he was having a seizure,” teacher Athena Martin said.

A teacher grabbed the defibrillator and Dotson jumped into action.

“The training just kicked in and we got him flat down on the bleachers,” Dotson said. “His breathing stopped, so I started administering CPR. … With the Lord’s help, we got him going.”

P.E. Teacher Susan Croston was inspired by a former colleague to get a defibrillator in the school.

“We had a counselor here that passed away last summer. Her name was Catie McGoldrick,” Croston said.

McGoldrick died of cancer, but she was concerned about her heart.

“She had a serious heart condition and she always said, ‘If my heart goes out of rhythm, I’m in trouble.’ And ever since I first met her eight or 10 years ago, I knew we needed to get an AED here at school,” Croston said.

Superintendent Brett Banker says they got their defibrillator just in time and other schools shouldn’t hesitate to do the same.

“Find it in your budget to get one, they’re obviously worth anything you pay for it,” he said.

First responders say that the staff’s CPR training and use of the defibrillator saved the man’s life.

That grandfather suffered a massive heart attack, but he is doing fine now.

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Coaches & Nurse Save Spectator at Basketball Game

Posted by cocreator on February 21, 2014
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It was just a normal Tuesday afternoon at Marlboro High School for Mark Bramble, the licensed athletic trainer for the Mustangs. He was preparing like any other afternoon for the days games, on this day it was Varsity and JV Girls’ Basketball against Middletown High School. He had prepared the gym, evaluated and treated many injuries and had prepared his athletes for competition using the many injury prevention techniques he is trained to do. Saving somebody’s life certainly wasn’t on his mind.

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But when a specatator suffered a cardiac episode in the stands at the basketball game, Mark put his years of training and education into action and turned a regular day into an unforgettable one. . “The first words out of everyone in the gym was, “Get the Athletic Trainer”. Said Dave Ryden, Athletic Director at Marlboro High School. “Within seconds of hearing that call, my Athletic Trainer, Mark Bramble responded to the scene, had 911 called and retrieved the AED. Mark, a nurse (that happened to be in the gym watching her daughter play), and I proceeded to perform CPR on this gentlemen until the paramedics arrived. Words cannot express enough the importance of having trained healthcare personnel as part of my athletic staff. Mark’s importance to the safety and well-being of the student-athletes and spectators is immeasurable, and he is irreplaceable.”

The nurse, was the first to respond to the injured spectator, she checked for a pulse, there was none present. She yelled for help and began CPR. Mark sprang into action by alerting Marlboro Athletic Director, Dave Ryden, and retrieving the school’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Once at the victim, Mark placed the AED on him and assisted with CPR. The AED recommended a shock and it was delivered. CPR was continued for 15-20 minutes and 2 additional shocks were delivered before the victim’s pulse returned and the EMTs began caring for the spectator. The victim was taken by EMT and pararmedics to a local hospital The Varsity game was suspended and the JV game was cancelled due to the event.

When asked about the situation Mark Bramble said, “Having an AED and an Emergency Action Plan in place is vital in protecting our student athletes as well as those who attend interscholastic athletic competitions. Every school should have an athletic trainer as the point person for implementing these emergency action plans and making sure the AED is accessible and in working condition on a daily basis. This incident was obviously a team effort, and the success was directly due to the training of all involved and having a plan in place.”

Mark Bramble, the school’s Athletic Trainer, has been certified as an Athletic Trainer since 1986. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey. This school year marks his 25th at Marlboro High School. Mark and his family reside in Allentown NJ

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Staff Save Elderly Man on Stadium Grounds

Posted by cocreator on January 07, 2014
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A MAN who suffered a heart attack at the MCG on AFL Grand Final day has had an emotional reunion with the emergency service personnel who saved his life.

Jack Kelly the Survivor

Jack Kelly the Survivor

Jack Kelly, 84, praised the work of police, St John Ambulance personal and MICA paramedics, who all played their part under extreme pressure.

“We’ve had hugs, handshakes and congratulations,” Mr Kelly said.

“They’re very good and they were so quick to respond. They started working on me within two minutes.”

Acting detective Senior Constable Di Dale was first on the scene when the Heidelberg Heights resident collapsed while leaving the ground with his son after watching Hawthorn’s 15-point triumph over Fremantle. “I saw him lying on the ground … by the time we turned him over we couldn’t feel a pulse,” detective Sen-Constable Dale said.

“I started CPR. I couldn’t even tell you how long I was doing it for, I just kept going until help arrived.”

It was detective Sen-Constable Dale’s third CPR in 18 months.

MICA paramedic Steve Sault got the call at St Vincent’s Hospital and had to battle thick crowds as he made his way to the ground.

Mr Sault shocked Mr Kelly five times to restart his heart and he was rushed to hospital. Detective Sen-Constable Dale called the hospital daily for updates and after five days Mr Kelly was up and about again.

They both said it was deeply rewarding to meet Mr Kelly. “It’s what you do the job for,” Mr Sault said. “To see Jack with his family and see what he means to his loved ones is very special.”

Detective Sen-Constable Dale said it was “amazing to be able to talk to him, shake his hand, give him a hug”.

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Coach & Spectators Save Teen Volleyball Player

Posted by cocreator on October 19, 2013
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Onteora junior Makalia Ouellette walked over to coach Brittany Alexander during the volleyball match between Onteora and Wallkill at Wallkill complaining that she wasn’t feeling well and thought she might pass out. Alexander called timeout as Ouellette collapsed into her arms.

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Alexander said she yelled for help and “people came running.” After laying Ouellette flat on the court, Alexander immediately began performing CPR. Ouellette was unconscious and “turning blue and not breathing,” Alexander said. Onteora assistant coach Nicole Saunders found Wallkill’s automated external defibrillator and gave Ouellette a shock that caused her to regain consciousness.

“After screaming and freaking out, she did eventually calm down and was alert,” Alexander said. Her teammates “were able to see her go out on the stretcher alert. I did notify them on the bus ride home that she had made it to the hospital and was OK.”

An ambulance took Ouellette to St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital in Newburgh. Alexander heard from a number of team parents that followed the ambulance to the hospital that Ouellette’s condition was stable. She was later transferred to a hospital in Westchester County.

Ouellette’s parents were notified shortly after she collapsed and met her at the hospital.

Alexander said Ouellette had no history of medical conditions.

When Onteora’s bus returned to the school in Boiceville after the match, which did not continue, the players were greeted by social workers, counselors and psychologists for trauma counseling.

“It was nice that they had that, because I was in shock,” Alexander said. “She looked like she was not going to make it. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever experienced in my whole entire life.”

Alexander credited a pair of men who came down from the stands to help administer CPR. In the chaos that ensued, she did not get their names.

For coaches around Section 9, Alexander hopes the incident can have a silver lining. If more coaches and school employees and officials are trained to use an AED in an emergency situation, they, too, may be able to save a life.

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