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Off-Duty Firefighters Playing Basketball at Rec Center Save Man

Tabatha Wethal
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Off-duty firefighters were enjoying a game of basketball this week at the Dickinson, N.D., recreation center when they leapt into action to save another man.

Deputy Chief Mark Selle told KFYR-TV that he and others were playing basketball at the rec center on Monday night when the man lost consciousness. Selle and a doctor on the court immediately started to assess the man and move him to a safe area. 

The emergency was announced on the gym’s PA system, and another fireman in the gym came to help with CPR, according to the report. Someone also called 911.

The firefighters are trained to perform CPR and in the incident Monday, getting CPR startedt early helped save the man’s life.

“He was really confused right away, I’ve been in communication with him today and he’s very thankful for what we did for him,” Selle told KFYR-TV. “He wants to come say, ‘thank you,’ in person, but he’s got other issues to deal with at this time, but I’m glad we were there to help.”

The other firefighter who assisted in the incident was Dusty Grouslak.

Selle said CPR training is a useful skill that anyone can learn to help save a life.

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