Firefighter Saves Life on Disney World Vacation

Firefighter saves Disney World Guest

The Walt Disney World Resort once again became the site of real-world heroism as a vacationing fireman answered the unexpected call of duty.

Poughkeepsie Fire Department Lieutenant Paul Bucher was on a family vacation when he saved a man who was having a heart attack while at dinner.

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“The lieutenant performed a precordial thump and began chest compressions while waiting for someone to bring him an automated external defibrillator (AED). By the time the AED arrived, the patient had regained his pulse and was breathing on his own with his eyes open, thanks to Bucher.”

Walt Disney World has its own first responders, including the Reedy Creek Fire Department. But the out-of-towner appeared to have been the only first responder immediately on-scene and was able to work until the locals arrived. The man who suffered a heart attack was conscious and speaking with medics.

The Reedy Creek Fire Department praised Bucher’s actions, saying, “Your Poughkeepsie firefighters are always ready to answer the call. Great work, Pauly!”

Bucher is not the first first responder to have to do a little work while on vacation. Earlier this year, for instance, a Sheriff from New Jersey had to assist in the arrest of a man at Orlando International Airport while on a Disney World Vacation with his family. Click the link below to read that story.

Orlando International Airport

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But it is not just the Disney Park Guests that have been known to go above and beyond! Over at the Disneyland Resort, a Cast Member was awarded a Disney Heroes Award after assisting in a highway accident.

“I was terrified, but I tried my best to get the driver to get out of the car while other cars almost hit us. After he was finally able to get out, the car went up in flames,” said Disneyland Cast Member Ray Banales.

Cast Member Heroes Award

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Read More: Cast Member Receives Disney Heroes Award for Role in Highway Rescue

We at Disney Fanatic will continue to update our readers on Disney Parks news and stories as more developments come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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