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First Responder Heroes Fire Lt. Ewan Sheriff and Police Officer Tracy Dunne

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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2014

Two off-duty emergency responders, Simsbury Police Officer Tracy Dunne and Hartford Fire Department Lieutenant Ewan
Sheriff, helped save the life of a man in cardiac arrest at Airways Golf Course in West Suffield.

Sheriff and his friend, Hartford Fire Department Lieutenant Lionel Thompson, had just finished a round of golf and were putting their clubs in their car when they heard someone shouting from the course that a man had collapsed. They got back in their cart and went to the scene, where a man was in cardiac arrest.

Dunne was already at the scene and had begun chest compressions. Sheriff assisted with CPR and performed rescue breaths on the victim. A golf course attendant was summoned with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) to shock the victim's heart.

The team continued to work with the victim until emergency personnel arrived and transported him to the hospital.

The victim's wife wrote to the team soon after to say her husband was recovering after open heart surgery and doing well. She further wrote that her husband told her after his surgery "that he had a dream three days before the heart attack and that two firemen saved his life."

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