Thursday 23 November 2017

Marathon runners save man's life on finishing line

Pat Trappe
Pat Trappe

Brian Byrne and Eimear Rabbitte

A pair of heroic marathon runners saved a man's life after he suffered a heart attack in front of his family in the Phoenix Park.

Off-duty firefighter Pat Trappe (38), and paramedic Gerry Hilliard (56), were running in a half-marathon to raise money for children's hospice Laura Lynn House at around 12pm yesterday when a man collapsed moments after crossing the finish line.

Pat, from Lucan, spotted a fellow runner staggering towards the barriers where his wife and three young daughters waited for him.

"He grabbed the barrier and he just didn't look good. Then he collapsed. I put him into the recovery position, thinking he had fainted.

"But then I realised it wasn't that simple. His breathing became erratic. I couldn't find a pulse, and I realised he had gone into cardiac arrest."

Mr Trappe performed CPR and moments later was joined by paramedic Gerry Hilliard.

The retired firefighter from Blanchardstown said his training "kicked in" as soon as he saw the man collapse.

St John's Ambulance Brigade, which had been present at the event, then arrived and the pair travelled with him to hospital. A defibrillator was later used to revive him at St James's Hospital and he was said to be recovering in ICU yesterday.

Irish Independent

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