Trooper's AED Helps Save Firefighter's Life

A firefighter from Westons Mills collapsed Wednesday while an accident scene was being cleared, and quick action by a state trooper saved his life.

Troopers say they were investigating the three-car crash at the intersection of Route 417 and Promised Land Road in Portville. Two drivers were taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment. A few firefighters stayed on the scene to help with traffic control and, while waiting for tow trucks to take the vehicles away, a firefighter collapsed, was not breathing and had no pulse.

While the other firemen rushed to help him and started CPR, Trooper John Zeigler got an Automated External Defibrilator from his cruiser, and used it on the collapsed fireman. Then they continued CPR until he started breathing again. The fireman was taken to Olean General, and is expected to make a full recovery.

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