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Off Duty Firefighter and Cadet Credited with Saving Man's Life Speaks Out

By: Angelica Alvarez Email
By: Angelica Alvarez Email

Tallahassee, FL, November 5, 2012 - An off-duty Tallahassee firefighter and cadet credited with saving a man's life are now speaking out about what happened.

Tallahassee Firefighter Brett Tillotson and cadet Troy Kepper were coaching a rowing team at Forrest Meadows Recreation Center Tuesday.

That's when firefighters say a man went into cardiac arrest.

Tilloson says he and Kepper performed CPR and used an AED to revive the man.

"I did what needed to be done at the time. and what I hope someone would do for me as well," says Kepper.

"It was something anyone can take an afternoon and learn. They can go to an American Red Cross, they can go to an American Heart Association class , take three to four hours, get some hands on training and they should be able to act in a situation like that," says Tillotson.

The man who went into cardiac arrest was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Firefighters say he is in serious condition. His name has not been released.


Tallahassee, FL - An off duty Tallahassee Firefighter is being credited with saving a man's life on Tuesday.

The incident happened this afternoon at Forrest Meadows Recreational Center on Meridian Road in Tallahassee.

Off duty Firefighter, Bret Tillotson, was working out at the gym there when he was alerted that a man had gone into cardiac arrest.

Officials say the man had no pulse and was not breathing.
Tillotson performed CPR for about ten minutes until ems arrived.

They were able to revive the man and transport him to the hospital in serious condition.

We do not know the identity of the victim at this time, but we will have more on this story tonight on Eyewitness News, including video from the scene.


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