BOSTON (CBS) — Several Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a life after a man went into cardiac arrest during a 5K race in Franklin Park on Thursday.

“They absolutely helped to save a life. What they did was buy the body time to allow our people to get there to do more advanced care,” said Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Susan Schiller.

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Boston EMS were staging at the park for the turkey trot and arrived to assist within minutes. An AED was out within 60 seconds and they shocked the victim three times restarting his heart.


The victim was awake and talking while he was being taken to the hospital.

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“What better Thanksgiving to go home to your family, what better way to spend a holiday,” said Schiller.

Boston EMS Deputy Superintendent Susan Schiller (WBZ-TV)

She said even if you haven’t taken a CPR class, simple chest compression make all the difference.

“Right on the sternum, push hard, push fast and we will arrive quickly and take over for you,” said Schiller.

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“They were doing CPR when we arrived, which is what we always want to see.”