Workers honored for helping save fellow employee's life


NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Emergency Response Team at Special Metals in New Hartford was honored Friday for helping save a fellow employee's life after he suffered from a massive heart attack at work. The employees used a defibrillator in the plant to keep Ed McGrogan alive until the ambulance arrived.

"I wasn't feeling good, a friend of mine came over and asked how I was doing and I said I just don't feel good and he said can I get someone to help you out and I said yeah you better get the safety guy and that's the last I remember," said Ed McGrogan who's worked at Special Metals for 15 years.

McGrogan collapsed at his desk suffering from a massive heart attack. His friend quickly got a member of Special Metals Emergency Response Team, who grabbed one of two defibrillators at the plant that happened to be just steps away form his office.

"And he started beating on my chest and shocking me, and everything worked out okay," said McGrogan.

Members of the Emergency Response Team say the nearby defibrillator was critical to keeping him alive.

"Your heart is, a lot of it is electrical and you need to get your heart back into a rhythm," said Joe Mack, Environmental Health and Safety Manager for Special Metals who was first on the scene. "You've got to really shock it back into a rhythm that will supply your body with blood and oxygen and things it needs so you have about ten minutes to shock it back into that rhythm."

New Hartford's Fire Department and Edwards Ambulance arrived soon after and transported McGrogan to St.Elizabeth Medical Center where he eventually underwent quadruple bypass surgery. All three teams were honored Friday at Special Metals with McGrogan and his family there to thank them.

"If I didn't, I don't know if they could've gotten me back with out the defibrillators I know they beat on my chest pretty good, it's still sore and they broke my sternum here," said McGrogan. "But I don't know if without the electric shock it would've brought me back."

The plant has an Emergency Response Team that is trained on the defibrillators but anyone can get trained through classes offered by the American Red Cross and American Heart Association.

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