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Gurnee medics commended for saving a life

Gurnee Fire Department medics Robert Davids(left) Scott Rans accept accolades awards from Village Board Gurnee Fire Department for saving life

Gurnee Fire Department medics Robert Davidson (left) and Scott Rans accept accolades and awards from the Village Board and the Gurnee Fire Department for saving the life of a 45-year-old man who suffered a heart attack while playing softball on May 4. | ED COLLINS~FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Updated: September 9, 2013 7:22PM

GURNEE — The Village Board honored two local firefighter/paramedics Tuesday night, July 8, for their quick thinking and professional skills in saving the life of a 45-year-old male when he suffered a coronary attack while playing softball.

The incident took place on May 4 at a Waukegan softball field when the off-duty paramedics were playing a local league softball game. Village Trustee Don Wilson was also on the team.

“We heard a commotion taking place in the playing field next to us and went over to investigate. A young man had collapsed. He had no pulse and was not breathing,” said firefighter/paramedic Scott Rans.

Both he, and firefighter/paramedic Robert Davidson immediately initiated CPR and requested an automated external defibrillator that state law requires must be available at all public athletic facilities.

Upon its arrival the medics gave the victim two jolts of battery electricity, which then re-started the man’s heartbeat, saving his life. An ambulance arrived shortly afterward.

Davidson said it was sheer happenstance that he and his partner Rans were there at the right place and at the right time to save the man’s life. They possessed the professional medical skills required and quickly obtained access to a heart defibrillator to shock the man back to life again.

“We were very lucky this time,” Davidson said.

Gurnee Fire Chief Fred Friedl, Mayor Kristina Kovarik and Dr. Jack Whitney, EMS medical director at Northshore University Hospital, presented both men with proclamations from the Village Board and handsome inscribed polished glass mementos of their heroic feat as their beaming families looked on with pride.

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