Updated: 07/04/2014 5:00 PM
Created: 07/04/2014 12:38 PM WNYT.com
By: Dan Bazile
CLIFTON PARK - Trooper Seamus Leavey refuses to call himself a hero. He said he was in the right place at the right time and his training as a 12 year veteran of the New York State Police simply kicked in. Twice in a little over a week, Leavey jumped into action to save lives. First, he responded to a 911 call around 5am on June 21 at the Fox Run Apartments in Clifton Park. Leavy said he and a fellow trooper were the first ones at the scene of a fire there.
"The apartment was full of smoke, about waist level," Leavey said.
He along with his colleague and the Vischer Ferry Fire Chief Patrick Canale went into the smoke filled apartment. It was nearly impossible to breath while searching for a man who was unconscious inside. Fire officials said the man had fallen asleep after turning on the stove.
"We crawled in a little bit. We could see somebody unconscious on the floor," Leavey said.
They were able to rescue that man. Then, 9 days later, Leavey was in the right place again while off-duty working out at Vent Fitness in Clifton Park. A 23 year-old man next to him collapsed. Kind of unusual, Leavey said, for a fit person to pass out like that. Things did take a turn for the worse when the man stopped breathing.
"I didn't really think. I just went into my training," Leavey told NewsChannel 13. "We were able to have a successful outcome."
As a 12-year veteran of the State Police, he's trained in CPR. But Leavey also had to use a defibrillator to revive the man.
"It's pretty amazing, just got up after. He went from not breathing and not having a pulse, took a shock and some more CPR and started to come to," Leavey recalled.
The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Both men are doing just fine.