Off-duty Florida fire chief resuscitates man at softball game


ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WESH) — Sitting next to the man she helped save, Orange County Battalion Chief Nichol Stratman sums up what a fellow softball player was facing.

“He didn’t have any vital signs. He had no pulse, and he was not breathing,” Stratman said.

He went from full blown cardiac arrest in early November to sitting on the bleachers with one of his rescuers on a warm December morning.

The 911 call for help brought help, but so did players at the softball complex in Altamonte Springs.

“Hurry up if you can, this guy, we’ve got CPR going on right now,” a 911 caller said at the scene.

Dave Rohr was out like a light and even today tells WESH 2 he doesn’t remember anything from that day.

In the world of medicine, they will tell you time is tissue. The sooner you get help, the more likely you’ll survive. In this case, once Rohr dropped in left field, he had help in a manner of seconds.

“He had no vitals, his pupils were fixed and dilated and he had no vitals,” retired Seminole County firefighter Granville Eubanks said.

You know what they say about location, location, location?

“I could have fallen over mowing the yard or something — 80% blockage of one artery, 90% the other. I could be in my yard. At least I was out here where someone could help me,” Rohr said.

“After the seizures subsided, I started CPR,” Eubanks said.

“Hang in there Dave, come on,” the 911 caller said to Rohr at the scene.

CPR along with the defibrillator turned it all around.

“Got the defibrillator, twice out in the field here which really kind of saved my life I think,” Rohr said.

“After that second shock the pulse came back much stronger and actually started breathing a little bit on your own,” Stratman said.

A fellow player recorded the life-saving effort. On the video, we hear gratitude for those who rushed to help.

“Thank you guys. Good luck, you guys. Thanks for coming over,” someone said.

Rohr’s wife, who has battled her own health issues, is over the moon with gratitude.

“If he’d not gotten that care, we wouldn’t be having this conversation,” Karen Rohr said.

“I happened to be around and happy I was able to help him,” Eubanks said.

“I feel like I’m lucky. I feel like he’s lucky,” Stratman said. “Just being in the right spot at the right time.”

Rohr wholeheartedly agreed.

“The care he got from these two EMTs, to say it’s life saving, is an understatement,” Karen Rohr said.

“Just unbelievable what you did. Forever be grateful,” Dave Rohr said.

What a holiday season it’s going to be for everyone involved.

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