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May 1, 2014

AT RANDOM: Lee Bromley

CLINTON — Lee Bromley has taken a few CPR classes for his job at LyondellBasell. However, the Clinton man never expected to actually use the training to save someone’s life.

“Very few people ever have to actually use it,” Lee said.

However, that is what happened in March. Lee was vacationing in Riviera Maya, Mexico with his wife, Jeni, their two oldest sons (out of four) and three other families. The group had not been in Mexico a day when an incident occurred at their resort.

Lee was standing by one of the resort’s two pools, talking to his friends when one of his sons got his attention.

“‘Dad, Dad,’ he said. ‘There’s a guy over here and he can’t breathe,’” Lee recalled.

A resort employee found a young man, in his late 20s, in the pool and lifted him out. Lee saw that the man was blue and right away others started saying he was “gone” and had no pulse.

Lee ran forward to offer assistance and began performing CPR. A scuba instructor arrived and began assisting with the CPR. Lee remembers working on the injured man for quite some time before a lifeguard and rescue workers arrived and took over.

“And by the time they were done, the guy had color back in his face,” Lee said.

Lee learned the next day from a member of the hotel staff that the man was still alive and his outlook looked good.The man’s father arrived on the scene during the incident and said his son was epileptic. Lee never did meet the young man, but was happy to know he was doing well.

The incident was a real eye opener for Lee and his family. He sat down with both of his boys, who were upset by the incident.

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