Massachusetts fire chief's life saved by his own firefighters after suffering cardiac arrest

  • Source: WCVB-TV ABC 5 Boston
  • Published: 08/31/2016 12:00 AM

The critical care unit at Beverly Hospital isn't exactly where Frank Twiss wants to start his retirement. "Not what I expected," Twiss said. "Not at all." But at least the Middleton fire chief will have a retirement. The 54-year-old suffered cardiac arrest Monday at the fire station. Nine members of his department saved his life.. "We looked over and we noticed that the chief looked like he was seizing," Lieutenant Douglas Lecoslt said. Each firefighter is a paramedic. One is an emergency room doctor, meaning Twiss was in good hands. "First thing I remember was waking up as I was getting into the ambulance," Twiss said. Earlier Monday, the department ran a mile and a half and did sit-ups and push-ups as part of training. And 30 minutes before Twiss' attack, the crew gathered for a photo. "It was chaotic," Dr. Peter Beauparlant said. "Going zero to 100 like that and it's one of your guys and you're in your own home."


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