Sunday 18 February 2018

Off-duty firefighter and garda save runner who suffered heart attack during half marathon

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

A runner has been rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected heart-attack during the Dublin Half Marathon. has learned that the man fell gravely ill while running the 21km course around the Phoenix Park.

A female garda officer, who was on duty on Tower Road at 11.15am, immediately came to his aid and started performing CPR.

A short time later off-duty Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) officer Ben Weddick, who was competing in the race, passed the scene and immediately offered his help.

Mr Weddick, who is also a paramedic, took over from the garda and continued performing CPR.

He achieved a return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) before an ambulance arrived.

The runner was later brought by ambulance to James Connolly Memorial hospital in Blanchardstown where sources said he is making a "good recovery".

The age and identity of the injured man are not known at this stage.

Thousands of runners took part in the Dublin half marathon today which is part of the Dublin Marathon Race Series.

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