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Aldergrove soccer player saves senior's life

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An Algergorve man sprang into action at a soccer game and saved an elderly man's life

Lorenzo Simion was getting ready to play in a tournament when he saw a man collapse, and grabbed his first aid kit

LANGLEY (NEWS 1130) — An Aldergrove man is being hailed as a hero, after he jumped into action and saved the life of an elderly spectator who collapsed during an amateur soccer game two weeks ago.

Lorenzo Simion was getting ready to play in the tournament in the small community, but dropped everything and ran over with his first aid kit.

“When I got there, he was face-down, collapsed,” he says. “He had a hard time breathing. I just applied the mask and I gave him a good level of oxygen.”

He used an automatic external defibrillator (AED), and put the oxygen mask around the man’s face and kept him alive until paramedics got there and took him to the hospital. The man has since been released from care.

“Basically the cardiologist at the hospital said if it wasn’t for our quick response this man wouldn’t be alive,” he says.

Simion says the whole incident didn’t really sink in until later that night when he got an email from the fan’s daughter, who was very thankful.

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He says he wasn’t able to relax until he heard he was okay.

“Before that, I couldn’t sleep, but after that I couldn’t sleep as well,” he says. “Just because that made my day and I was really happy for him and his family.”

He says this entire incident is a good reminder of the importance of having an AED around.