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Paisley's father helps give arena employee CPR

WICHITA — Doug Paisley says he was just in the right place at the right time when he helped give an Intrust Bank Arena employee CPR on Saturday night before his son's concert.

A longtime volunteer firefighter and EMT, Paisley said he noticed a man on the floor in an arena hallway Saturday night and performed CPR on him before paramedics arrived.

Paisley credited another arena employee with helping him assist the man.

He was just about to use an automated external defibrillator — or AED — when paramedics took over.

"I had the AED open ready to attach it," Paisley said Tuesday. "I kind of backed off and let them use theirs."

Paisley was adamant that helping the man was a team effort.

Steve Cotter, director of Sedgwick County EMS, said crews were on the way to the arena to work the concert when the man suffered a heart attack. They arrived in about three minutes, he said.

"There were a couple of gentlemen doing citizen CPR on him," Cotter said. "One of them happened to be Brad Paisley's father, but we didn't know that at the time."

Cotter said paramedics "got a pulse back" and transported the man to a hospital.

"Definitely it helped sustain the gentleman until we got there," Cotter said of the CPR.

Read more about the story in Wednesday's Eagle.

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