Local firefighters resuscitate fan who suffered cardiac arrest at Gillette Stadium

"We just happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Anthony Colella and Mark McCullough are glad they happened to be present Sunday night. Bridget Condon

Two local firefighters helped resuscitate a fan who suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed prior to Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game at Gillette Stadium.

Mark McCullough of the Needham Fire Department and Anthony Colella of the Johnston (R.I.) Fire Department saw police running down the stairs to the G-P Atrium section underneath the lighthouse at Gillette Stadium. They followed suit and jumped into action to help the fan.

Colella checked the man’s airway to confirm he wasn’t breathing and then checked his pulse before starting CPR on the man — whom they estimate was in his 50s — which continued for about a minute.


“It’s one of those things where it’s not just me, it’s everybody else,” McCullough told “That’s what we do for a living. Even if we’re not working, we’re still out there doing what we have to do.”

The man, who was with his son and brother-in-law, regained consciousness and started vomiting. They thought he was choking, but he wasn’t. He had, however, fallen and hit the back of his head and was bleeding. Colella and McCullough waited with him until emergency services arrived.

The man’s condition is unknown.


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