On April 5, 2016, Scott Susor was doing what he loves -- playing baseball. Scott pitched the first inning and walked back to the dugout when he suddenly collapsed. Players gathered around him and described a seizure. Umpire Terence Brown approached the dugout just as someone said, “He is not breathing! Does anyone know CPR?!” Coach Brown immediately went into action during this life-threatening situation and started bystander CPR on Scott Susor. As a college and high school coach, Terence Brown has been CPR trained for 18 years. Brown administered breaths and chest compressions on Susor while another bystander, David Hydorn called 9-1-1. HFD EMTs from Ambulance 05 arrived a few minutes later and took over CPR and shocked Scott with their AED along with Engine 05. Paramedics from HFD Medic 50 defibrillated Scott at least 7 more times and restored his pulse! He was delivered to a local hospital and fully recovered. Scott and his wife Doreen, want to thank all that contributed to the Chain of Survival and allowed him to live.
May 13th, 2016, Scott had the opportunity to meet and thank all of those that were involved in his rescue, including Coach Terence Brown. Coach brown is a teacher and coach at Davis Senior High school. On his off time, coach Brown works as an umpire in little league and adult baseball leagues. Coach Brown said he always wondered if he would be able to do it (CPR) if the need arose. According to Brown, “the district always requires us to take the training, I just never knew if I would be able to do it”. Coach Brown mentioned that the training is a district requirement for all coaches. Coach Brown said he had known and been trained in CPR for over 18 years, but never had to use it in the past. While talking with the firefighters about the incident, Brown said he checked his pulse and “I said, I know this guy has some clogged arteries he is no pulse”.
The survivor reunion was set up by the HFD in order for the survivor to say thank you to all of those involved in this amazing rescue. According to Diana Rodriguez, spokesperson for the Houston Fire Department, these reunions are important for everyone involved. She said often time the EMT, and firefighters drop the patient at the hospital and often have no clue as to what happened. This gives everyone involved the ability to know the results of their effort.
When Scott Susor walked into the Fire House for the “Survivor Reunion” coach Brown did not even recognize him. He said he looked so different, younger in fact. Scott did not recognize Coach Brown. Indicating he had no memory of Coach Brown. The 5-10 minutes before the incident, is no longer part of Scott’s memory. Scott’s wife was the first person to recognize coach Brown, hugging him and thanking him for saving her husband’s life. In classic coach Brown fashion, he acted as if it was nothing, just part of the job. When Scott’s wife pointed out Coach Brown to him, he exclaimed, “there he is” and a long embrace ensued.
Although Coach Brown was the first in a chain of events involving many individuals, it was his quick thinking that got the ball rolling, keeping Scott alive long enough for the first responders to arrive on site to continue the life saving measures.