Note: This blog entry was originally published on March 11, 2014.
While the fast actions of the Dallas Stars’ medical team in response to Rich Peverley’s cardiac emergency made North American headlines today, a similar situation was taking place at the local level in Fort Erie. While playing in the 55 Plus Hockey League at the Fort Erie Arena, a 65 year-old man collapsed on the ice. Thankfully, help came quickly. Vince Lamone, also a hockey player, began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) while a second player, Gary Hardwick, rushed to get an automated external defibrillator (AED). Once the AED pads were placed, Gary also assisted Vince in the delivery of CPR. In total, two shocks were delivered to the man in cardiac arrest and he was revived when Emergency Medical Services arrived. The patient is now at the hospital and is said to be in good condition.
This save means a lot to Heart Niagara and our community partners as the unit used at the arena was placed by Heart Niagara, in partnership with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and with funding by the federal Government of Canada, on March 6th, to replace an older unit. The training was completed on March 7th by our very own Anita Fiorentino and Tim Jakob. Additionally, Gary Hardwick and the 55 Plus Hockey League have been participating in Heart Niagara CPR and AED training for over ten years thanks to the passion of our friend, Ed Strohak, who initiated the training.
While we always hope that the units we place will never need to be used, the events of the last few days have served to reinforce the message that cardiac arrest can happen to anyone. If you are interested in learning the skills you need to be a lifesaver, consider registering for one of Heart Niagara’s free CPR and AED training courses. The final course of the season is being held on March 19th at the Central Avenue Fire Station in Fort Erie.
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