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Fitchburg man saves coworker's life on the job

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 FITCHBURG (WKOW) -- A City of Fitchburg employee is being credited with saving a coworker's life.

Building inspectors Jack Pearson and Paul Scott were walking through a vacant duplex on King James Way June 30 when Scott noticed something was wrong with Pearson.

"Evidently Paul had gone into the bedroom to check the windows back there and when he came back out i was just lying at the top of the stairs," Pearson said.

Pearson had suffered a heart attack on the building's second floor.

"I got on the phone with 911 and told them the situation," Scott said. "(The dispatcher) said OK. Then we realized he wasn't breathing. So I started doing chest compressions on him."

Scott said he performed chest compressions on Pearson for six to eight minutes until an ambulance arrived. He said doctors later told him the CPR was crucial to keeping Pearson alive.

"I've never had CPR training," Scott said. "But the dispatcher told me how to do it and he kept the rhythm going and the count going for me."

"It was surreal," he said. "Jack went down. Then when I realized what was happening the adrenaline just kicked in."

"It makes me feel good that I was able to do that," Scott said. "That I was there for him and I was able to maintain focus and take care of it."

"There aren't enough words to say thanks to Paul," Pearson said.

After being transported to the hospital Pearson had three stents put into his heart. He's since recovered and returned to work July 21.

Pearson said he can't help but reflect on how lucky he was to have Scott in the vacant building with him June 30. He said building inspectors only work in pairs "about 25 percent of the time."

"It was beyond lucky," Pearson said. "Luckier than winning the lottery or anything."  

"I'm thankful to be here and thankful to Paul for allowing me to be here," Pearson said. "It makes me appreciate life a little more."

The two men said they considered themselves friends before Scott's heroics. But they said the events of last month have brought them closer together.

That friendship will now likely last for a lifetime.

Scott joked the two even give each other "man hugs" every morning at work.

"Jack's cubicle is right across from mine," Scott said. "So it's nice to see him back in there."
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