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October 11, 2004

Albany - A 63 year-old man is alive thanks to the quick thinking of a YMCA employee and a portable defibrillator. The man went into cardiac arrest at the Albany YMCA Monday afternoon. An employee used the defibrillator to shock and restart the man's heart.

"If you can go ahead and shock the patient out of the v-fib rhythm, you can save a life," said EMS Director Bobby Tripp. "Usually after a person has been down about five minutes, they'll convert into a rhythm called asystole, and it's very hard to bring them out of that."

EMS worker arrived on the scene within eight minutes and took the man to the hospital where he remains.

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