Two Runners Saved After Going Into Cardiac Arrest During Broad Street Run

Thanks to FBI agents, cops and medics who were nearby.

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Two runners were saved by FBI agents, police officers and medics after going into cardiac arrest on the Broad Street course this past Sunday, the Daily News reports.

One runner, a 35-year-old man, collapsed about two miles into the race and FBI Special Agents Erik Negron, Tom Powell and Brian Hoffman, who were working security for the run, along with Police Officer Matthew Fleming, were quick to jump to action. Luckily, two of them were trained EMTs, and, with the help of an emergency defibrillator they had on-hand, they were able to kickstart the man’s heart. Medics arrived soon after.

Then, right after stepping across the finish line, another runner, this time a 27-year-old, man fell to the ground after going into cardiac arrest. He was treated at the scene by medics who were at the finish line and was taken to Temple University Hospital.

As of yesterday, the Daily News says both men are recovering. As Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan told the Daily News about the saves, “We were all really fortunate. We had all the assets in the right place at the right time, and everything went really well.” So a big round of applause, not only for the spectators who keep runners going, but for the folks who look out for the safety of the 40,000 runners who pound the pavement down Broad Street each year.

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