It's no surprise ESPN is already in town for the big showdown between Florida and Florida State, but the return to Tallahassee holds great significance for employees of the sports network as well as members of FSU's Police Department.
ESPN crews are already gearing up for Saturday's Florida/Florida State game, but last month, one day before the Virginia Cavaliers came to town, ESPN employees were shocked when one of their own fell to the ground.
Stephen Ackels, ESPN Associate Producer, says, “From that call box right over there they called the FSU Police Department and they came within two minutes.”
OFC Garrett Williams says, “We did what we were trained to do; grabbed our AED, hooked it up to him and the gave him CPR and we could see him coming around at that time.”
ESPN video engineer Al Taylor had collapsed from cardiac arrest. Friday FSU police and an ESPN employee were given “heart saver awards” by the American Heart Association, but the biggest thank you came from Al Taylor.
“I have not enough ways to say thank you,” says Al.
The American Heart Association says 95 percent of cardiac arrest victims die. However, with the use of Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs, there is a 70 to 80 percent chance of survival if used within the first three minutes.
History of Defibrillation
CPR vs. AED
Source: www.defib.org contributed to this report