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'Perfect' Teamwork Saves Cardiac Arrest Victim

Bystanders, UMass emergency dispatch, and Westborough police and fire were involved.

A 61-year-old woman who entered cardiac arrest at the Haskell Street baseball field Tuesday was saved thanks to "perfect" teamwork by bystanders, a UMass Memorial Healthcare emergency medical dispatcher, Westborough Police, and Westborough Fire Department paramedics, according to Fire Chief Nick Perron.

The bystanders called 911 at 12:22 p.m. to report the incident, Perron told selectmen Tuesday night.

The UMass Memorial dispatcher instructed the bystanders to perform CPR, the chief said.

"At the same time, coincidentally," police Lt. Robert Fryer, Lt. Todd Minardi, Officer Mike Daniels, and Officer Craig McCrae were returning from getting some cruisers and "immediately performed CPR," Perron said.

Firefighter/Paramedics Rod Thompson, Chris Weinwurm, Ken Milligan, Matt Stockwell and Patrick Cullen then arrived, and used the fire department's new Lucas Chest Compression System tool, Perron said.

"This was just a perfect scenario of everything coming together -- bystanders doing CPR, police officers doing CPR, and our people using this new Lucas tool and administering drugs," the chief said.

"Certainly what the police officers did made a huge difference in the outcome of this call."


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