Roane State professor saved by students and staff

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OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A professor at Roane State Community College is alive and well, thanks to some fast acting students.

It's a day Matthew Borin will never forget.

“I answered the phone and it was one of his students who was freaking out, saying your father is unconscious, they're performing CPR on him,” says Matthew.

His father, Bruce Borin, collapsed Tuesday night while teaching at the Oak Ridge campus.

Donna Ross, a licensed practical nurse and student at the school, heard the cries for help.

“The tone of the voice told me it was serious and he was in full cardiac arrest, so we just dove right in,” Ross says.

Another student in Borin's class checked for vital signs, then Ross performed CPR.

“I started in with compressions and had the barrier device to give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation as well,” adds Ross.

Matthew says his father has had heart attacks before, but never where CPR was performed. The quick thinking of some students and staff members and an automated external defibrillator saved Borin's life.

“The paramedics that I talked to that night in the ER said that got his heart going again,” Matthew says.

“You can do compressions all day long, but you're not going to bring them back without an AED,” Ross says.

Matthew says he doesn't have the ability to thank those who helped enough.

“They gave me my dad back.”

Professor Borin has been teaching at Roane State Community College for 30 years. He was discharged from the hospital Monday afternoon.

There are four AEDs at the college and they're all placed in central locations near the elevators.

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