Planet Fitness worker helps save man's life after he collapsed during workout

A Planet Fitness worker in Wilmington is being called a hero after police said his quick reaction helped in saving the life of a gym member who collapsed in the middle of a workout.

Ian Palmer said he was at the front desk selling lotion to one of his customers, and said the customer was in the middle of signing her name when another member came over to say that somebody had collapsed on a cardio machine.

"As I got closer, I noticed the man was laying down and that did not look good," Palmer said. "Someone reminded me to grab the AED.”

Palmer said the automated external defibrillator walks employees through the process, helping to ensure success.

"It's very easy to use, which is a very good thing," Palmer said.

With the man laying unconscious on the ground, a gym member called 911 while Palmer and an off-duty nurse began CPR.

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"It's a lot going on, but you are just trying to do the best you can in the situation because it's literally life or death," Palmer said.

Next, they had to cut the man's shirt off and attach adhesives, and Palmer said he was nervous as he and the nurse kept at the rescue attempt until police and firefighters responded minutes later.

"They already delivered one shock, which is a good sign," Wilmington Police Sergeant Chris Ahern said.

Ahern said Palmer's quick action helped save the man's life.

"That's almost like something you would get in a hospital," Ahern said. "He was still unconscious when he was up here, he started to breath just moments before the EMT's got him on the stretcher."

The relief was all made possible because of the critical CPR training Palmer was given just two months ago, and within 10 minutes, the man was breathing and talking outside in the ambulance.