Anthony Colella and Mark McCullough were in the right place at the right time Sunday night.
The two New England Patriots fans were in the stands for the team’s home game against the Miami Dolphins. When the two men, both firefighters, noticed police running down the steps at Gillette Stadium, they sprang into action.
McCullough and Colella found a man who had suffered a cardiac arrest. After the two firefighters assessed the situation, Colella began CPR and revived the man.
These are the two heroes from tonight who gave CPR to a fan who went into cardiac arrest at the @Patriots game ❤️ Anthony Colella of Johnston RI Fire and Mark McCullough of Needham Fire pic.twitter.com/qKJ38AKqGw
— Bridget Condon (@BridgetCondon_) September 18, 2023
The man, who had fallen and hit his head, began vomiting after being revived. The two firefighters remained with him until EMS workers arrived.
McCullough is a firefighter with the Needham Fire Department, while Colella serves with the Johnston (Rhode Island) Fire Department.
“It’s one of those things where it’s not just me, it’s everybody else,” McCullough told Boston.com. “That’s what we do for a living. Even if we’re not working, we’re still out there doing what we have to do.”
Boston.com reported the man’s condition was unknown Monday.
In a day where fans so often make the news for misbehavior, people really appreciated this positive story.
Great job to Anthony Colella and Mark McCullough for their quick thinking and life-saving actions! These heroes truly embody the spirit of teamwork and bravery.
— bigxoidy (@bigxoidy) September 18, 2023
Strong work Brothers!
Mark is a long time friend and I would expect nothing less from him!
— Michael Dewan (@FDNY1810) September 18, 2023
I hope the Patriots recognize these guys. Firefighters are some of the most selfless humans on Earth.
— C. Evans (@craig_evans48) September 18, 2023
Simply Amazing – Thank God that they were there!
— Otops21 (@Otops21) September 18, 2023
I think the Kraft family owes these guys at least 1 game in the owners booth for this
— Stan Johnson (@StanJoh58904580) September 18, 2023