First responders from Steeleville police and fire, MedStar Ambulance and the Randolph County Sheriff"s Office are being credited for their quick response on Wednesday evening to the report of man suffering a medical incident.
The 77-year-old man, whose name has not officially been released, is from Steeleville. According to Steeleville Police Chief Tyler Cleland, officers received a call from the Steeleville American Legion at 9:43 p.m. for a man who was unconscious, not breathing and in cardiac arrest.
Cleland said first responders were on-scene a minute and 30 seconds later and performed CPR. An automated external defibrillator (AED) was also used.
"They ended up rushing him to Sparta Community Hospital and I believe he"s OK," said Cleland, who added he"s not allowed to release the man"s name. "Two of my first responders went with the ambulance and I believe they said he was talking when they left."
Cleland named Terry Alms, Chris Kiehna, Jim Zeidler and Amanda Matthews as among those who responded.
Cleland said he was not 100 percent sure if the man survived, but a post on the Southern Illinois Fire Incidents Facebook page - made two hours after the incident was reported - seemed to indicate the man would be OK.
"Fantastic job by the public and Steeleville police and fire as well as Randolph (County) Sheriff("s) office and Medstar ambulance on a witnessed cardiac arrest this evening," the post said. "Early and effective interventions have yielded positive results."
In a reply, SIFI thanked Sparta Community Hospital for "continuation of care." Sparta Community Hospital officials told the Herald Tribune on Thursday morning they could not release information on the man"s condition.