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Celtics assistant coach saves man’s life at pick-up game

Sep 15, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

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One Boston area hoopster is lucky that Celtics strength and conditioning coach Bryan Doo plays pickup in the same place.

Doo (in the back of this classic picture stretching out Sam Cassell) was playing some ball at the Hyde Park Community Center in Newton Wednesday and he stepped forward when a man passed out, according to CSNNE.com.

Chuck Conley passed out during a water break and his heart stopped, when Doo grabbed the defibrillator that was hanging on the wall.

“The only part that made me nervous is when the machine said press the button, shock him,” Doo told WCVB TV. “The point is I think anybody could have done it. I think I was there, and it happened to be me.”

Doo restarted Conley’s heart before he was taken to the hospital. Conley had a clogged artery and had surgery to fix the problem.

Good on Doo.

Just a quick pubic service announcement: Automatic defibrillators are brilliant machines. I worked on a program through the Red Cross in my city to get them put in a lot of public places (the airport for example) plus in every police car and on every bus. They are simple to use and will save lives. It’s a great little thing to get involved in if you can, or to at least be aware of. In this case, some doctors who knew a guy that played pickup at this gym had paid to put the defibrillator in, and with some help from Doo one man got to go home to his family again. That is it for our public service announcements for today.

  1. danvoges - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    now why would you use that picture for this article? you’re a sick man, kurt helin.

  2. philtration - Sep 15, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Looks like he was getting some “Doo” from Cassell in that pic.

  3. stayhigh_247 - Sep 16, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    that guy was hella lucky Doo was in the building, he’s modest, not everybody would know how to handle that. hopefully us readers will be ready to respond when our time comes to save somebody….

  4. GT - Sep 16, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Doo’s family is friends with my family. We worked New Year’s eve at my Uncle’s restaurant a few times schlepping takeout. He’s a good Doo-bie.

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