Ohio FF-EMT, boxer saves official who collapsed during weigh-in

Toledo Firefighter-EMT DeAndre Ware performed CPR on Top Rank Coordinator Pete Susens after leaving the stage at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas


By Laura French

LAS VEGAS — A Ohio firefighter-EMT and professional boxer saved a boxing official who collapsed during a weigh-in on Friday. 

Toledo Firefighter-EMT DeAndre Ware had just left the stage at MGM Grand in Las Vegas before his fight against Steven Nelson when Top Rank Coordinator Pete Susens appeared to suffer a heart attack. 

Ware stepped in to perform CPR and Susens began breathing again during the compressions, Ware told Sports Illustrated

Ware was assisted by an onsite doctor with the Nevada State Athletic Commission. More doctors later arrived and used a defibrillator on Susens. Ware then resumed compressions until EMS crews were on the scene. 

Susens was transported to the hospital and is now responsive and able to communicate, according to Top Rank officials. 

Ware has been a professional boxer for five years while continuing to work full-time at the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department. He has a 13-2-2 boxing record with eight knockouts. 

 

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