A 59-year-old man who collapsed in a diabetic coma while working out at the Orchard Park YMCA last weekend is alive today thanks to quick action by two registered nurses who were exercising nearby.
"It isn't like I haven't done it before, but it's the first time I've had someone come around," said Kurt Ulrich, a nurse at the Western New York Children's Psychiatric Center in West Seneca and an Orchard Park volunteer firefighter. With his co-worker Dave Vogl, he administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the man.
Ulrich and Vogl were lifting weights at the YMCA after their work shift ended Saturday morning when they saw the man collapse on a treadmill.
"He came back and we rolled him over and he went out again," Ulrich said. "Then East Seneca (volunteer firefighters) came and they shocked him. Rural Metro paramedics came and shocked him again. Altogether he got four or five shocks."
For his efforts, Ulrich was honored Thursday by WNLO-FM as one of the Bravest of Western New York, which recognizes heroic efforts by firefighters.