Niagara Gazette

October 19, 2013

Quick-acting employees resuscitate fellow worker at county sewer treatment facility

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

An employee at the Niagara County Sewer Treatment facility in Wheatfield was resuscitated by a pair of co-workers after suffering a medical issue Friday afternoon.

The two co-workers told a Niagara County Sheriff's deputy that they were sitting at a table with a 58-year-old co-worker when he stopped talking and his head fell back into his seat. After realizing the man wasn't joking around, the two co-workers called 911 and placed the man on the floor. One of the co-workers grabbed an automated external defibrillator, which was in the room, and attached it to the man's chest.

The AED advised the co-worker to administer a shock, after which the man's eyes opened but he still wasn't breathing and his face was blue. The other co-worker began chest compressions and after several tries, the man began to breathe on his own.

The deputy said when he arrived on the scene at the Liberty Drive facility all three men were talking. The 58-year-old man was taken to Buffalo General Hospital for further treatment.