Men help save basketball teammates life with first aid

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — As they walked off the court April 24, Jeremy Browning joked with George Tierney, who’s many years his senior, about how Browning’s getting too old for basketball.“I say, ‘Crap, George, I’m not going to play, my knees are getting that bad,’” Browning said Monday between games at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground.They had just finished a game of basketball in their 35-and-older community league, which plays at the school.“All I did was turn around,” Browning said, then thud. Tierney, 69, had fallen.The members of the Over the Hill league sprang to action. They checked his vitals, started chest compressions, called 911 and grabbed one of the school’s automated external defibrillators. Their efforts helped save Tierney’s life.Clark County Fire District 3 honored the group at a Wednesday evening gathering at Chief Umtuch Middle School.Between jokes about how a league with a name like Over the Hill seemed a bit broad for a 35-and-older league, school and fire district officials lauded the team’s actions.Fire District Chief Steve Wrightson said the team’s help meant paramedics arrived to the best situation they could hope for.“We had CPR-trained people, we had people willing to jump in and help — that doesn’t always happen,” Wrightson said. “And a facility that is prepared with the right equipment.”last_img

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