A Patriots helmet. Oct 2, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; A New England Patriots helmet sits on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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.


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