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Teenage baseball player performs CPR, saves umpire’s life during game

Darby Fire Co. # 1 Station 04 Facebook page

Here’s your feel-good sports story of the day.

Mike Brodzinski, a 16-year-old from Folcroft, Pa., was playing in a baseball game on Monday when he hit a double. As the next batter stepped up to the plate, the plate umpire collapsed.

Brodzinski, a volunteer firefighter, joined others to assist the umpire, who didn’t have a pulse.

“I said we should start CPR,” Brodzinski told NBC10 in Philadelphia. “They said we don’t now CPR. I was like, ‘I know CPR,’ so I hopped in, took the padding off his chest and started compressions and breaths.”

NBC10 said police and paramedics arrived soon after and the umpire was breathing on his own and had a pulse when he was taken to the hospital.

“I think God put me there for a reason,” Brodzinski told NBC10.

Brodzinski volunteers at Darby Fire Co. # 1 Station 04.

It posted this on its Facebook page: “Tonight while playing a baseball game in Folcroft Borough Darby Fire Co #1’s member Mike Brodzinski was on 2nd base after hitting a double. At this time the umpire behind the plate collapsed to the ground and Mike noticed the circumstances right away. Mike immediately started CPR on the Male until the Ambulance and Medic’s arrived on the scene. Due to Mike’s heroic actions the patient is currently in the hospital with an unknown condition. A job well done Mike!”

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