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Passer-By Took Action, Saved a Life

Wakefield man stopped and saved Reading resident's life with CPR after seeing him stricken near Quannapowitt.

L-R: Wakefield Fire Chief Michael Sullivan, Tom Hanson, and Tom Byrne, accompanied by members of the Wakefield Fire Department.
L-R: Wakefield Fire Chief Michael Sullivan, Tom Hanson, and Tom Byrne, accompanied by members of the Wakefield Fire Department.
Editor's Note: This story is corrected with the two names previously reversed.

Wakefield selectmen and fire personnel took some time this week to honor an area man who helped save the life of a pedestrian who had gone into cardiac arrest. 

Appearing at the selectmen's meeting were Tom Hanson of Wakefield, Fire Chief Michael Sullivan, Tom Byrne and his wife Brenda of Reading, and the fire department personnel who were on the scene within four minutes of Byrne's reported emergency by Lake Quannapowitt. 

Back on April 7, Hanson was reportedly driving by as Byrne went into cardiac arrest during a walk around Lake Quannapowitt. By performing CPR, he was able to keep Byrne from additional heart damage until fire personnel could treat him with a defibrillator, which was credited with making "all the difference in the world." He noted that he had been particularly lucky during this type of incident, since its survival rate is under 10 percent.

"When I think back on it - I'm a lucky man," Byrne said, also noting that he now happens to be co-chair of his workplace heart walk team.
William Laforme January 15, 2014 at 12:39 PM
Thanks Tasha, got the edit done...
robbinsfarm January 16, 2014 at 10:17 AM
Just incredible sorry and we are so glad this man was in the right place at the right time. Mr. Tom Byrne this man is your " Guardian Angel" for sure.

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