CORTLAND, N.Y. — A man collapsed on the sideline during the Marathon High School boys’ varsity soccer game Friday night.
Several fans quickly rushed to the man’s aid, along with Marathon Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps EMT John Tillotson, who was at the game.
Tillotson began initiating care and radioed for the ambulance while the Marathon soccer coaching staff brought over the school’s automated external defibrillator (AED).
The MAVAC on-duty crew of Matt Sheerin and Eddie Daugherty arrived at the scene several minutes later, while Marathon firefighters Jim Burk and Leon Burk assisted with traffic control and loading the patient into the ambulance.
MAVAC Chaplain Tom Boice was also at the scene providing support for the patient’s family.
The man was transported to UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City. His condition was declared stable at the hospital.
“People in small towns really take care of one another and tonight’s call was a wonderful example of small town cooperation in action,” the Marathon Ambulance Volunteer Ambulance Corps posted on its Facebook page.