Firefighter whose heart stopped while rescuing driver now recovering

By Logan Smith - email

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) - A Lexington County firefighter whose heart stopped while he was helping to free a trapped driver from a fatal wreck is now recovering in the hospital, according to his boss.

Fire Chief Charles Wessinger said on Wednesday that Firefighter Berkeley Redick underwent a quadruple bypass heart surgery, and will be hospitalized until sometime next week.

Redick's heart stopped last week while he was responding to a fatal car wreck on Old Dunbar Road. Wessinger said Redick was helping to free a driver trapped in his truck when the firefighter collapsed and didn't respond.

EMTs and fellow firefighters used CPR and a defibrillator to revive Redick, with other rescuers working to free the trapped driver all the while.

Redick and the trapped driver were both taken to area hospitals. The driver is expected to be fine.

Wessinger said Redick's surgery went well, and the firefighter is resting and also doing fine.

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