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Man’s Life Saved At Upper Makefield Funeral

Washington Crossing Veterans Cemetery

The life of a man was saved during a funeral at Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

Upper Makefield police said a relative of the veteran being laid to rest collapsed and had a heart attack Friday morning. The man’s family members called 9-1-1 and began CPR.

Police got to the scene in under four minutes and continued CPR while using an automated external defibrillator until members of the Newtown Ambulance Squad, St. Mary Medical Center Emergency Services, and Upper Makefield Fire Company arrived on the scene. 

The man was rushed to St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown and stabilized, police said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family as we know their loved one is not out of the woods yet, but we will continue to pray for a full recovery,” officers posted on Facebook

Across the United States, sudden cardiac arrest impacts 350,000 people of all ages every year. Nine out of 10 victims die from the condition, according to the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation.

A quick response by emergency responders, use of a defibrillator and CPR can change outcomes for victims of sudden cardiac arrest.

Police urged residents to learned CPR.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001