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Friday, July 6, 2012

Men, AED Help Save MacLean

Owen Sound | by Manny Paiva  

EMS will honour three men for saving Brett MacLean, AED was also instrumental.

Three men will be honoured for their heroic actions to save NHL player Brett MacLean after he collapsed during a pickup hockey game in Owen Sound.

MacLean -- a Phoenix Coyotes forward -- suffered a cardiac emergency on Monday night while playing hockey at the Regional Rec Centre in Owen Sound.

The 23 year old from Port Elgin is reportedly awake and out of intensive care in a London hospital and is in stable condition, awaiting tests to find out what happened.

Grey County Director of Emergency Medical Services Mike Muir says they will honour the three players in the game who helped revive MacLean.

Jay Forslund -- an off duty Owen Sound Firefighter -- as well as teacher Jason Gallagher and hockey player Jason Silverthorn were first to respond to MacLean who collapsed on the ice and went into convulsions.

According to Muir -- they called 911, performed CPR and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock MacLean's heart.

Muir says when paramedics arrived on scene, they shocked MacLean two more times and within eight minutes -- MacLean had a pulse and was breathing on his own.

Muir commends the three men for helping to save MacLean -- but they all admit they thought MacLean was joking before they realized something was wrong.

Muir believes the AED was also instrumental in saving MacLean's life.

There are currently 67 automated external defibrillators in community centres, churches and legions across Grey County.

Muir adds they will add another 37 AED's within the next two months and some of them will be deployed at Grey County schools.


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