Off-duty Wis. firefighter attacked helping woman who collapsed

West Allis Firefighter and EMT Chad Staszak was assisting a woman who had collapsed at a music festival when he was struck in the head from behind


By FireRescue1 Staff

WEST BEND, Wis. — An off-duty firefighter was struck in the head from behind while he was attempting to help a woman who had collapsed at a music festival.

West Allis Firefighter and EMT Chad Staszak was at the festival with his family when he saw the woman fall to the ground, and rushed over to help.

“She was having a great time with her family and all the sudden she’s down on the ground,” Staszak told WTMJ-TV. “I told him, ‘I’m a fireman.’”

 

While performing CPR, Staszak said he felt someone hit him on the back of the head, but refused to be distracted from his task.

According to the West Bend Police, Staszak was struck by Robert Patrick Ryan, 32, who had no relation to the collapsed woman.

The woman did not survive, but her family told the police they were grateful to Staszak for attempting to save her.

“I would not change anything I did that day. If it happened tomorrow, I would do the same thing. I think it's important that people should go out and learn CPR ‘cause this could happen at any time," Staszak said.

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