Electricians honored for saving man at T station

BOSTON — Last week, men working as electricians at a T stop jumped into action to save a man’s life. This week, they’re being commended for their quick actions.

On Monday, Richard Ryan, Ed Reynolds, Kevin O'Brien and Stephen Nadolna were honored for their heroic action.

A man collapsed at Government Center station Thursday. He was unresponsive and beginning to turn blue as the men started CPR and used a defibrillator to bring him back from the brink of death.

FOX25 spoke with O'Brien just after it happened. He told us he was just re-certified in CPR and never imagined his training would be put to use so soon, for such an important mission.

The men told FOX25 years of training kicked in as they worked to save a man’s life.

“It was probably one of the top ten days of my life,” O’Brien said of Thursday.

FOX25 obtained surveillance video of the incident, showing the men jumping into action, cutting away his dress shirt and working on the victim until emergency crews arrived to transport him to the hospital.

At a meeting of the MBTA's fiscal management and control board, the men were credited for their selflessness.

“Their quick reaction and willingness to save an unconscious stranger comes from what I believe to be a higher calling," IBEW representative Lou Antonellis said.

The victim had been transported to the hospital and is still listed in critical condition.