Kindness of Strangers Saves a Man’s Life on National Mall

Photo courtesy of
‘Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall – Washington, DC’
courtesy of ‘BAR Photography’

A man who went into cardiac arrest Saturday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is alive today thanks to four bystanders at the scene, according to The Washington Post.

The incident occurred around 12:10 p.m. according to individuals present at the time. One man who is a prosecutor in Union County, N.J. named James Tansey said it was an “amazing event” to see the four bystanders approach the collapsed man and bring him back to life.

“He was gone,” Tansey told The Post. “No heartbeat, no pulse” and not breathing, he continued.

Tansey was joined by fellow memorial visitors who just so happened to be two paramedics and a doctor.

One of the paramedics proceeded to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation for about four minutes Tansey told The Post, before the National Park Service arrived at the scene with an automated external defibrillator that ultimately restarted the man’s heart.

The man was apparently stable when taken to the hospital.

What a pleasant act of kindness, don’t ya think?

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