BART employee uses CPR to revive passenger at Dublin-Pleasanton station

'I was supposed to be there that day'

A BART car cleaner helped save a life last week at the Dublin-Pleasanton station, when he used CPR to help revive a passenger who stopped breathing on a train, authorities said.

Shortly after midnight Oct. 29, Vincent Seals heard a co-worker calling for help at the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton station platform. Seals ran over and she pointed to the lead car of a train that had just finished its run for the night, according to a news release from BART.

A 20-year-old man was slumped over in a seat, not moving.

"I checked for a pulse. I didn't feel one, so I put my ear to his mouth to see if I could hear or feel his breath," Seals said.

The man's lips had already turned blue, so Seals picked him up and laid him on the floor of the car to start CPR.

He began administering chest compressions and after a few minutes detected a faint pulse. It faded, however, and Seals resumed CPR. The young man soon came to with a deep breath.

"I just told him, 'You've got to breathe' and 'Listen to my voice.' I was trying to coach him through it," Seals said.

When a BART officer arrived, she waved smelling salts under the man's nose, while Seals massaged his sternum. But the man lost consciousness again.

Seals continued massaging while the officer used a CPR mask to give rescue breaths. The young man revived as paramedics arrived and was conscious and breathing when they took him to a hospital, BART officials said.

Seals, who started work at BART in January, had been taught CPR at a previous job. He said it was the first time he had used the skills outside of training.

Usually Seals works at the Millbrae station, but decided to pick up the extra shift at Dublin-Pleasanton.

"I was supposed to be there that day," Seals said.

— Bay City News Service

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13 people like this
Posted by Rob
a resident of Birdland
on Nov 6, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Kudos and thanks to Vincent Seals. It's nice to know there are people like this that are willing to do the right thing and save someone's life.

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Posted by nan
a resident of Old Towne
on Nov 7, 2018 at 8:40 am

What a terrific story. It is very heartening to know there are Good Samaritans out there who are willing to step in to help a stranger even though, in today's litigious climate, they risk being sued for their efforts. Mr. Rogers would be very proud of Mr. Seals! Such a wonderful coincidence that he was there to help even though Dublin/Pleasanton is not his normal post. Given the great example he has set, I sure hope he receives the recognition he deserves.

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Posted by Bella
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Nov 7, 2018 at 9:09 pm

Bella is a registered user.

Mr Seals is a hero! What else can I say? A HERO.

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