Off-duty trooper saves man’s life at local gym

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – An off-duty state trooper saved a man’s life at a local gym.

A 23-year-old male collapsed to the floor of the Vent Fitness Center on Route 146 in Clifton Park around 7 p.m. June 30 after finishing his weight lifting routine. The man was unconscious and eventually stopped breathing and began turning blue, according to police.

Off-duty trooper Seamus Leavey was next to the man at the time and immediately began CPR and rescue breaths briefly getting the 23-year-old breathing again.

A Vent Fitness employee called 911 and brought an AED over to the victim as instructed by Leavey. Leavey attached the AED to the 23-year-old, advised and administered a shock and continued CPR. Police said Leavey was about to give another rescue breath when the man began breathing on his own, stood up, and was walking around when EMS personnel arrived to the scene.

The man had no recollection of what had occurred and was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Data in the AED, EMS personnel and patrons at the gym confirmed Leavey’s actions saved the man’s life.

Leavey is a 12-year veteran of the state police and is assigned as a patrol trooper in Troop G.


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