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Paramedic sons save firefighter father’s life during heart attack


A Pennsylvania volunteer firefighter is alive today thanks to his quick thinking and his sons’ training.

Reserve Township volunteer firefighter Dave Moore Sr. was working to set up a meeting at the station Tuesday when he realized something didn’t feel right.

Knowing how time is a critical factor in care, and recognizing the symptoms, Moore immediately called his two sons, who are also firefighters and trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

His sons rushed to the station while other crewmembers at the station grabbed a defibrillator and called 911. Paramedics arrived at the scene within six minutes of the initial call.

“We started to get him on oxygen and place an AED with him in case he went into cardiac arrest,” his son Mike Moore told KDKA CBS Pittsburg. While we were hooking up the heart monitor, he went into cardiac arrest. I began chest compressions and my brother began giving him ventilations. He was shocked through the paramedic’s monitor four times with continuous CPR. When we went to load him into the ambulance, he was back conscious and talking again with stable vital signs.”

The senior Moore, 57, was transported by ambulance to the hospital where he underwent a procedure to install three stints.

Because of his fast action, Moore was fully alert and in recovery less than two hours after calling 911.

“We were very fortunate, we feel very, very fortunate to be able to have the success that we did and the outcome that we had. He’s doing very well now. He’s expected to make a full recovery,” Mike Moore told KDKA.

KDKA reports the senior Moore was doing so well after his procedure — so well, he participated in the station meeting from the hospital.

“He called from the hospital, still in intensive care, just to say he appreciated what everybody did for him and the love and the support that he was getting from the fire department here and just wanted to make sure everybody knew how much he really cared,” Mike Moore said.


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