Arlington Heights Man’s Life Saved by Bystander/Rescue CPR and Paramedics at South Middle School after Collapsing While Playing Basketball

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Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 7:04 PM Thursday to South Middle School, 400 South Highland Avenue Arlington Heights, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a 9-1-1 call that a man collapsed in the gymnasium — stating the collapse was from a possible heart attack.

Initially bystanders thought the man was breathing, but then began CPR when no breathing or pulse was detected. The man, reported to be about 70-years-old, was playing basketball in the South Middle School Gym when he collapsed.

Firefighter/paramedics requested an extra crew for a possible working cardiac arrest call with witnessed collapse while they were en route to South Middle School at about 7:06 p.m.

Witnesses reported a defibrillator was used, and the man was transported with Advanced Life Support in Rescue Ambulance 1 to Northwest Community Hospital. The man’s life was saved by actions of bystanders and paramedic crews, and has since received additional medical treatment.

LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of neighborhood of an emergency medical call at South Middle School on South Highland Avenue …

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