Defibrillators have saved five lives in the London area this year

(London Free Press)

The last thing Jarmo Stromberg remembers is skating down the ice.

The 61-year-old realtor was playing an early morning game of hockey at London’s Western Fair Sports Complex when he collapsed.

His quick-thinking teammates and opponents — including firefighters and a retired police officer — sprang into action.

“Almost immediately, an action plan was put into place,” said Chet Couture, a London firefighter who plays with Stromberg.

Someone performed chest compressions on Stromberg, who wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, until a nearby defibrillator was retrieved.

A single shock from the machine got Stromberg’s heart beating again. Within minutes, he was conscious and talking.

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