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Survivor Of 'Widowmaker' Heart Attack Thanks Greenwich First Responders

The survivor of what could have been a fatal heart attack was saved by the quick intervention of some caring citizens, as well as police, paramedics and EMTs.
The survivor of what could have been a fatal heart attack was saved by the quick intervention of some caring citizens, as well as police, paramedics and EMTs. Photo Credit: Greenwich Police Department via Facebook

GREENWICH, Conn. -- A team of caring citizens, police officers, paramedics and EMTs saved a man suffering from what could have been a potentially fatal heart attack at a Greenwich country club last month.

Greenwich Police said that the man, identified as Mr. Morris, was playing squash at the Round Hill Club last month when he suffered the "widowmaker" and went into sudden cardiac arrest. Two citizens, Doug Hurst and Jorge Ferrin, saw that Morris as in distress and immediately responded to him. Ferrin is a tennis pro at the club and trained in basic CPR. The two quickly called 911, and performed CPR on Morris for six minutes until the first responders arrived.

Officer Sgaglio and Officer Zazzero arrived first and took over primary patient care for Morris. Shortly after that, Paramedics Glover, Saracino and Brion arrived, along with EMT Sachs and EMT McKee, a GEMS volunteer. They provided Advanced Life Support techniques while rapidly transporting Morris to the Greenwich Hospital Emergency Room.

Morris has since recovered, and stopped by Greenwich Police Headquarters this week to thank the people who saved his life.

"The sequences of events are the textbook definition of the 'Chain of Survival,'" Greenwich Police said. "On that day everything went in Mr. Morris's favor and just a month later he walked in, stood there with his lovely wife, and thanked everyone for their part in his miraculous survival. A very good day."

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