Academy Park junior baseball player Mike Brodzinski became a volunteer firefighter outside of Philadelphia so he could try to make a difference. He probably just never expected to intervene in the middle of one of his baseball games.
As reported by NBC Philadelphia and the Delco Daily Times, Brodzinski was competing for Academy Park’s baseball team on Monday when he came to bat and stroked a stand-up double. As he reached second base he gave a glance back toward home plate and was struck with a moment of sudden concern: The umpire calling the balls and strikes had collapsed at the plate.
Brodzinski sprung into action, sprinting back to home plate and starting CPR on the umpire, providing life-saving assistance until trained paramedics could arrive. Now that quick thinking is being credited with saving the unnamed umpire’s life.
“I asked them, ‘Does he have a pulse?’ and they said, ‘No.'” Brodzinski told the Daily Times. “I couldn’t get one. We looked at his face and it was really blue, so I said we need to start CPR. Everyone looked at me because I’m a firefighter. I took off his chest piece and started CPR while the others called 911. By the time the medics were there he was taking breaths by himself.”
That certainly seems to qualify as a life-saving event, which is a heck of a lot more important than a regulation double. Luckily for Brodzinski, he got to take credit for both.
As you might imagine, the local firehouse where Brodzinski is a volunteer firefighter has been proud to trumpet his heroism.