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Mar 3, 2016 5:23 PM

Off-duty Rochester deputy police chief saves man's life at Planet Fitness in Massachusetts

AMESBURY, Mass. - An off-duty Rochester, N.H., policeman is being credited with saving a man's life at a gym.

Kathy Thompson, of Amesbury, said deputy Police Chief Scott Dumas had been running on the treadmill behind her husband Richard on Tuesday at Planet Fitness when her husband collapsed.

Dumas jumped into action, realizing that Thompson had gone into cardiac arrest. He immediately started performing CPR.

The staff also pulled out the defibrillator and with the aid of that and the CPR, they were able to get Thompson's heart beating again.

An ambulance then brought Thompson to Anna Jaques Hospital before he was transferred to Lawrence General Hospital where he had an angioplasty.

Kathy Thompson said he is now at home resting but is sore and has bruises on his face.

But she is thankful saying it could have been much worse.

"He's lucky. Very, very lucky," Thompson said.

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