Boston.com - Mark McCullough of the Needham Fire Department and Anthony Colella of the Johnston (R.I.) Fire Department saw police running down the stairs to the G-P Atrium section underneath the lighthouse at Gillette Stadium. They followed suit and jumped into action.
“It’s one of those things where it’s not just me, it’s everybody else,” McCullough told Boston.com. “That’s what we do for a living. Even if we’re not working, we’re still out there doing what we have to do.”
Colella checked his airway to confirm he wasn’t breathing and then checked his pulse before starting CPR on the man – whom they estimate was in his 50s – which continued for about a minute.
The man, who was with his son and brother-in-law, regained consciousness and started vomiting. They thought he was choking, but he wasn’t.
He had fallen and hit the back of his head and was bleeding from his head. They got some tissues and cleaned him up the best they could and worked together to keep him awake until Emergency Medical Services arrived.
Said McCullough: “We just happened to be in the right place at the right time.”
Be more humble Mark McCullough. You can't.
Right place right time? No siree. You guys dedicated your lives to watching out for when regular schmucks get in serious trouble. And saving our asses. Remember what my favorite Roman philosopher, stoic, Seneca, famously said:
“Luck Is What Happens When Preparation Meets Opportunity".
Had you two not been trained experts in CPR, this old man would have been a goner.
This is just an appreciation post for the people out there who know how to save the lives of the idiots of us out here. It's basically like a superpower if you think about it. That poor guy who collapsed tonight and went into cardiac arrest is no doubt calling these two heroes right now. Doctors, nurses, firefighters, police, teachers, office admins, and pretty much anybody out there who knows CPR deserves a pat on the back. Nice work sirs.
p.s. I had to get my CPR certification for insurance at all our bars and it's one of the best things I've done. it's also the easiest. You can find an American Red Cross course near you (they are everyday basically) and learn and get certified in no time. You can even do most of the work online now. Get certified you could save a life.