Bystanders at polling site save man's life after he suffered cardiac arrest

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) — A man waiting in line to vote in Northwest Washington, D.C. collapsed and went into cardiac arrest after suffering a heart attack Tuesday morning.

Along with the help of a 911 operator and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), a group of bystanders and poll workers teamed up to administer CPR and save the man's life. Fellow voters and workers rushed to the man's aid.

"He didn’t get to vote, but he got to live," D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted.

The man was reportedly talking to paramedics in the back of the ambulance after they arrived. He is now recovering in a local hospital.

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