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H.S. Baseball Player Saves Collapsed Umpire by Performing CPR

One high school baseball player had his work as a volunteer firefighter pay off in dividends during a game Monday evening.

Mike Brodzinski, who attends Academy Park High School in Sharon Hill, Pa., was on second base after just hitting a double when he noticed an umpire suddenly collapse behind home plate, according to Darby Fire Co. No. 1, where the 16-year-old volunteers:

Tonight while playing a baseball game in Folcroft Borough Darby Fire Co #1's member Mike Brodzinski was on 2nd base...

Posted by Darby Fire Co. # 1 Station 04 on Monday, June 8, 2015

In an interview with the Delco Daily Times, Brodzinski described the situation in greater detail:

Brodzinski has been volunteering at two fire companies—Darby Fire Co. No. 1 and the Sharon Hill Fire Co.—since he was 14, according to Caitlin McCabe of the Philadelphia Inquirer. He told her that he sprang into action instinctively upon seeing the umpire collapse.

"I was definitely nervous about messing up, but it was my duty," Brodzinski told McCabe on Tuesday. "So I got in there and started chest compressions and breaths until other help came."

The Folcroft police department tweeted its praise for the teenager:

Friends of the umpire "said he is recovering at a local hospital after surgery," McCabe reported.

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