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Life saved at university

Local emergency responders are praising public access defibrillators after one was used to help save a person at the University of Guelph on Thursday.

A 9-1-1 call was made from the university arena after the 49-year-old hockey player collapsed and showed no vital signs.

The Guelph Police Service’s Const. Stu Robertson and Campus Community Police’s Sgt. Steve Forbes were the first to arrive on scene, and rink staff brought a public access defibrillator to the scene.

The devices are used to get a heart back to its natural rhythms by shocking the heart during cardiac arrest, a news release said.

After the initial shock, the player regained his pulse, it said.

“There is no doubt in my mind that public access to a PAD and the quick actions of Const. Robertson, Sgt. Forbes and university rink staff paved the way for such a positive outcome,” Shawn Armstrong, the city’s general manager of emergency services, said in the release.

“Their actions saved the life of a man with a family, and he is now on the road to recovery,” he said.

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