Former Rambler, Blues’ goalie saves man before game
GANDER, N.L. - A former member of the Amherst Ramblers and Cumberland County Blues played a key role in saving the life of a man watching a senior hockey game in Gander on Sunday.
Patrick O’Brien, who played with both clubs, was preparing for a game against the Corner Brook Royals on Sunday when the coach came into the dressing room to say someone had collapsed.
A paramedic, the 26-year-old O’Brien, wearing just one goalie pad and skates, began chest compressions and was assisted by the Gander mayor and another person until the ambulance arrived.
“I just hopped in and started chest compressions,” said O’Brien, a 26-year-old Mount Pearl native who graduated from his paramedic program in June and started with Central Health in August.
O’Brien twice shocked the man with an automated external defibrillator before onduty Gander paramedics arrived on the scene.
“There was lots of help,” said O’Brien. “It wasn’t just me. Anyone would have done what I did. I guess it’s just where it was at the rink and I had some of my gear on. But it’s what I do. It happens with some level of regularity (while on duty).”
The man is expected to make a full recovery.