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Format: 04/24/2014
Format: 04/24/2014


Erie Times-News: Grandstand angels save Corry baseball fan

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

By David Bruce

Chuck Trimble was rooting for his beloved Cincinnati Reds when his heart unexpectedly stopped beating.

But Trimble was lucky. He suffered cardiac arrest Aug. 23 in front of 21,209 fans at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, including a nurse, an emergency medical technician and a doctor well-trained in CPR.

"I don't remember anything that happened, but I've been told that three strangers saved my life," said Trimble, 60, who lives in Corry.

Once a year, Trimble and his wife, Sharon, drive from Corry to Pittsburgh when the Reds visit to play the Pirates. This year, they took their 4-year-old grandson, Brant Xander.

While his wife and grandson shopped for souvenirs in the third inning, Trimble collapsed in his seat.

It's called sudden cardiac death. More than 80 percent of the people who suffer from it either die or develop serious brain damage, said Jerome Granato, M.D., Trimble's cardiologist at Allegheny General Hospital.

"When the heart stops beating, the other organs aren't getting the oxygen they need," Granato said. "If circulation isn't restored, the organs start dying within minutes."

Chris Post, M.D., was watching the Pirates game with his son in a luxury box about 40 feet from where Trimble collapsed.

"A friend came up and said there's a guy down and they're asking for a doctor," Post said. "I ran over there, and Mr. Trimble was lying on the concrete. He was unresponsive and people were trying CPR."

Trimble couldn't have wished for a better good Samaritan.

Post's specialty at Allegheny General is pediatric ear, nose and throat surgery, but he is a former Green Beret medic and current Army reservist who has run field hospitals in Afghanistan.

"I've done a bunch of CPR on patients over the years," Post said.

Post immediately began compressing Trimble's chest. A nurse and an emergency medical technician who were sitting nearby hooked up Trimble to one of the automated external defibrillators PNC Park keeps on hand for such emergencies.

It was at that time when Trimble's wife and grandson returned to their seats.

To read more, visit the Erie Times-News web site.

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