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TROOPER, FIREFIGHTER SAVE LIFE OF MOTORIST

A state trooper and a volunteer firefighter saved the life of a motorist in the Town of Holland on Wednesday, according to police reports.

The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. in the northbound lane of Route 16. An unidentified man lost consciousness while driving. Trooper Sean O'Rourke of the East Aurora barracks responded after hearing an East Aurora police transmission.

The man's girlfriend was a front-seat passenger in the vehicle and was able to safely park the car on the side of Route 16. She told police that her boyfriend passed out.

O'Rourke, with assistance from Holland volunteer firefighter Scott Pangle, administered CPR to the man, who was not responsive and not breathing. The man began breathing again and was taken to Mercy Hospital.

It was discovered that the man was suffering from a brain tumor, according to police. He was treated and placed in intensive care after emergency surgery, police said.

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