A little boy was brought back to life tonight.
Cork City Firefighters and the National Ambulance Service were called to work and arrived at around 7pm at the same time.
They were greeted by the sight of the boy’s mother running from the house near Beaumont, south of downtown, carrying her boy in her arms.
The boy was placed in the back of the ambulance and Kevin McMahon from the Cork City Fire Department, who has been a firefighter since 2013, and an HSE paramedic started CPR on him.
They had to use the defibrillator twice and eventually managed to bring it back to life.
The boy, who is believed to be around 5, was then rushed to Cork University Hospital where his condition is described as stable.
Firefighter McMahon was part of a three-man crew who witnessed the incident.
They included an officer and new recruit Brian Blackwell.
They’re part of Green Watch, whose shift started at 6 p.m. tonight and they’ll be working until 9 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Cork City Second Fire Officer Victor Shine said: “I can confirm that a member of our team was instrumental in saving the life of this little boy.
“It was great for our team to get to the ER as quickly as possible. Third Officer Gerry Myers told the Irish Examiner: ‘We received the cardiac call and dispatched our emergency first responders in one of our vehicles.
“They arrived at the same time as the ambulance.
“The mother ran out of the house with the little boy in her arms.
“I’m so proud of what our guys did and especially Kevin.
“It’s also great to be able to have good news to tell, especially since it’s Christmas Eve.”