April 19, 2001 (BOSTON) - A Boston police officer owes his life to four emergency medical technicians on duty for the Boston Marathon.
Officer Daniel Drew was assigned to police Monday’s race, the 26-mile classic held every year on the anniversary of the start of the American Revolution. He was sitting in a cruiser talking to his supervisor when he began having trouble breathing. Capt. Ronald Conway immediately sent out a radio call for an ambulance.
Jim Ahern and Mike Vojak, who were on bicycle duty along the Marathon route, heard the call and responded immediately, arriving at the same time as an ambulance.
The EMTs say that Drew was technically dead when they arrived since his heart had stopped beating. But they quickly shocked him back to life and took him to Massachusetts General Hospital, where he received a triple bypass.