Hinsdale first responders save man from near fatal heart attack on Christmas Eve

Saving a man from a near fatal heart attack on Christmas Eve will likely make this a Christmas several Hinsdale firefighters/paramedics will never forget.

The Hinsdale Fire Department responded to a call at 10:40 p.m. Dec. 24 after receiving a 911 call from a Hinsdale resident who said one of his house guests may be having a heart attack, according to a Hinsdale Fire Department news release Monday.

The ambulance crew arrived to find a man in his 50s unresponsive and slumped over on the staircase in the home. Residents and other guests said the man was preparing to leave because he had not been feeling well when he sat down on the stairs, the release said.

The firefighters/paramedics determined the man was in full cardiac arrest and began CPR. Cardiac chest leads were applied to the patient and a shock was delivered, and the man soon began to regain consciousness.

The patient was then transported to Hinsdale Hospital and placed in stable condition. The man walked out of the hospital a few days later and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the release.

“We train for situations like this one all the time, however, we never expected a call like this on Christmas Eve,” Captain Dave DeWolf said in the release. “We’re just happy for the positive outcome and I’m sure this is a Christmas we will never forget.”

Steve Tullis, Hinsdale Fire Department public information officer, said a similar situation occurred two summers ago with the same positive outcome.

"It is very rare that we are able to save someone who has passed away," Tullis said. "The last time this happened in Hinsdale was during the Fourth of July parade two years ago. In both instances, each patient made a full recovery and walked out of the Hinsdale Hospital days after a near fatal heart attack."