Teen coach, bystanders save man who collapses at Ottawa baseball final

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Don Wilcox, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:01 PM ET

OTTAWA — Quick action by a teenaged baseball coach and other bystanders helped save a man who suffered cardiac arrest in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

Two East Nepean Little League baseball teams were competing in a championship game when, at about 8:17 p.m., a passerby suddenly collapsed. Several people rushed to assist the man, said parent Derek Puddicombe.

"We were all there watching our children play the championship game and it was already an intense, very close game," Puddicombe said. "All of a sudden, I noticed the third base coach start darting across the field. We all wondered what was going on.”

That's when he saw Andy Thacker, the 19-year-old coach of one of the teams, bent over the man.

Others started performing CPR.

"Someone was asking for a doctor or nurses," Puddicombe said. "I told someone to call 911.

"I saw Andy dart off. He was like a bullet. I think he ran as fast as he's ever run over to Mother Teresa High School. Then I saw him run back with the City of Ottawa defibrillator."


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