UW police officer saves student's life during Badgers hockey game Saturday

2012-02-21T17:58:00Z 2012-02-23T19:37:33Z UW police officer saves student's life during Badgers hockey game SaturdayState Journal staff madison.com
February 21, 2012 5:58 pm  • 

A UW-Madison police officer keeping an eye on behavior in the student section during the University of Wisconsin men's hockey game at the Kohl Center on Saturday night may have helped save a student's life.

A 20-year-old student stood up at his seat and then collapsed. He had no pulse and was not breathing, UW-Madison Police Capt. Karen Soley said.

UW-Madison Police Officer John Deering saw the student fall, rushed over and began chest compressions. Madison Fire Department paramedics arrived a short time later and used an external defibrillator to revive the student.

By the time they arrived at the emergency room of a local hospital, the student was in stable condition.

Deering "happened to be in the exact right spot at the exact right time," Soley said.

Sgt. Aaron Chapin said Tuesday the student had gone into cardiac arrest.

"I think they're still trying to figure out exactly what caused it," Chapin said.

He credited the quick actions and prompt response by Deering and other UW officers and paramedics with saving the student's life.

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