They say everything happens for a reason, and that’s precisely what happened to Vincent Seals. He was supposed to have the day off but decided to pick up an extra shift and ended up being a hero.
Seals works for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, cleaning trains at the end of the line at a station near San Francisco. Now, he is being praised after he saved a man’s life.
Shortly after midnight of Oct. 29, Seals heard a co-worker calling for help at the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton station platform. He ran over, and she pointed to the lead car of a train that had just finished its run for the night.
Seals boarded the train and discovered an unconscious man slumped over in a seat, not moving or breathing.
“I checked for a pulse. I didn’t feel one so I put my ear to his mouth to see if I could hear or feel his breath and I couldn’t. His lips had already turned blue at that point, so I picked him up and laid him on the floor (of the car) to start CPR.”
Seals kept telling the 20-year-old passenger that he needed to breathe and to follow his voice as he performed CPR on him. He was determined to get him breathing again.
Luckily for the passenger, Seals knew how to perform CPR because of a previous job. He began administering chest compressions and after a few minutes detected a faint pulse. It faded, however, and Seals resumed CPR. The young man soon came to with a deep breath.
The passenger gained consciousness twice during the ordeal. By the time paramedics arrived, he was conscious, breathing and was taken to the hospital.
Since his heroic action, which he doesn’t really consider heroic, Seals said his employers have thanked him and told him “good job, thanks for being there” and “thanks for getting involved.” He’s happy to continue working for BART, cleaning trains at the end of the line.
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