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LITTLETON — Glen Thomas was still savoring how invigorating a recent 60-mile bike ride felt as he typed email and talked with a co-worker across his cubicle wall at SANBlaze Technology on a cloudy morning last October.
A moment later, Michelle Holmes, working down the hall, heard a big thump. The scream of Thomas’ co-worker had Holmes sprinting toward Thomas’ room to find him on the floor, looking lifeless. Vince Asbridge, another colleague, then jumped on the three-time Boston Marathon runner and began pumping his chest.
Asbridge could care less about never having had training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR. The director of software engineering at SANBlaze had watched enough TV cop shows to know every second would count in saving Thomas, who had stopped breathing.
Jon Maruska, a hardware engineer, would then take over the CPR job from an exhausted Asbridge before Littleton police Sgt. Patrick O’Donoghue came rushing in with an artificial external defibrillator, or an AED, in his hands. O’Donoghue ripped Thomas’ shirt, attached the AED pads on his chest, and pushed the button to shock him. Like a light switch flipped on, Thomas opened his eyes. “Get off me!” Thomas yelled at Maruska, not knowing how his co-worker ended up saddling over his chest.