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20-year-old BART employee administers CPR, applauded for saving rider's life

SF Gate logo SF Gate 11/5/2018 Alyssa Pereira

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Video by CBS SF Bay Area

A young BART employee is being lauded for jumping in to save a man's life in the early Monday morning hours.

Vincent Seals, a train car cleaner who just turned 20 years old on Sunday, was at the Dublin/Pleasanton station a few minutes after midnight Monday morning when he heard a co-worker on the platform yelling. When he ran over to her, she directed him to the first car of a train that was going out of service for the night.

Vincent Seals, a BART employee who jumped to save a man found not breathing on the train. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers Vincent Seals, a BART employee who jumped to save a man found not breathing on the train.

Seals boarded the train, and discovered an unconscious man slumped over in a seat, not moving or breathing.

"I checked for a pulse," Seals is quoted as saying in a post on BART's Facebook page. "I didn't feel one so I put my ear to his mouth to see if I could hear or feel his breath and I couldn't. His lips had already turned blue at that point so I picked him up and laid him on the floor (of the car) to start CPR."

Seals knew what to do because he had learned CPR for a previous job, so he administered chest compressions until the man briefly woke up. He says he worked to "coach him through" staying calm and awake until medical personnel arrived.

When a police officer arrived shortly thereafter, the two tried to keep the man conscious until paramedics were onsite. The man was in and out of consciousness, the post reads, but he was awake and breathing when he was taken to the hospital.

Seals, who normally works at the Millbrae station, is just glad he was there to help. It was actually his day off, but he had decided to pick up the shift that day anyway.

a person standing posing for the camera: Vincent Seals, a BART employee who jumped to save a man found not breathing on the train. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers Vincent Seals, a BART employee who jumped to save a man found not breathing on the train.

"This was never something I would have expected on the job at BART," he continued. "I was glad to have the opportunity to be there to help save his life ... I was supposed to be there at that time."

At this point, BART doesn't know a lot about the man's status, but confirms to SFGATE that he survived.

Alyssa Pereira is an SFGATE staff writer. Email her at apereira@sfchronicle.com or find her on Twitter at @alyspereira.


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