Son’s EMT training comes in handy: he saves his own father’s life

DORCHESTER — Jimmy Leahy found out just how important his EMT training is.

Jim Leahy, a retired sergeant whose last assignment for the Boston Police Department was in the West Roxbury District Court, and his son Jimmy, a lieutenant on the Weymouth Fire Department, are both members of the Greater Boston Firefighters Pipes & Drums. The younger Leahy recounted to Bill Brett that while they were at a Dorchester parking lot for a rehearsal on a recent weekend, the elder Leahy collapsed from dehydration.

That’s when Jimmy, at right in photo above, sprang into action and began administering CPR to his father until they could get him to a hospital where he was treated, Jimmy told Bill. Jim Leahy is at home and has recovered.

“I’ve done CPR a lot,” said Jimmy Leahy, “but it really is a scary experience to have to do it for someone in your own family. I’m so glad I was there when it happened.”

The photo of the Leahys was taken in August when their organization was visited by a pipes and drum band from Halifax. Jim’s son Tom is a sergeant with the Boston Police Department and plays in the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums.

You cannot copy content of this page