There is some sad news to report from baseball today after the Washington Nationals training staff attempted to revive a cameraman before their scheduled game against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
The training staff helped to revive a man who collapsed from what was believed to be a heart attack when the two staff members rushed to his aid.
Reuben Porras, 61, was working for MLB Network, setting up in a media workroom underneath the stadium around noon, when he collapsed. A colleague rushed down the hallway and found Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz and training assistant John Hsu, who were in the nearby visiting weight room.
Kuntz and Hsu grabbed an automated external defibrillator that had only been installed in the visiting clubhouse a week ago and rushed to the aid of Porras, who had lost consciousness and wasn’t breathing. Kuntz used the AED machine and CPR to revive the man, then waited for paramedics to arrive.
Unfortunately, Porras was unable to make it as he later passed away in an Atlanta hospital.
It was unfortunate to see the incident result in a death, but the Nationals training staff did everything that could have possibly done in their effort to save his life.