For­mer Ram­bler, Blues’ goalie saves man be­fore game

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - SPORTS - THE CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD (With files from the Gan­der Bea­con)

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.

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