Lex Firefighters save heart attack victim during training conference

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – During an American Heart Association training conference, two Lexington firefighters found their CPR skills being put to the test, when a fellow attendant suffered a heart attack.

According to Battalion Chief Joe Best; Fire Department Captain Les Fryman and Firefighter Sean Davenport were attending the regional meeting of the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee in West Virginia, when they noticed a colleague was having a medical emergency.

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The two immediately began CPR, while bystanders went for help and fetched an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED).

“Because of our CPR training we recognized she wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse,” Captain Les Fryman said.


Thankfully, this story does have a happy ending.

Captain Fryman says he spoke with the victim on June 6, and got her blessing to share this story.

“She was in good spirits and wanted me to share this story as a way to encourage others to learn CPR,” Fryman said.


Nationwide, 38 people die every hour from sudden cardiac arrest. 75-80%, of sudden cardiac events occur at home. Often, the people who learn CPR save a family member.

The Lexington Fire Department offers a free, hands-only CPR class that only takes two minutes to learn.  More information: call (859) 231-5662 or email lfd-communityservices@lexingtonky.gov.