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Man goes into cardiac arrest while cutting down tree with chainsaw in New London

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New London — A man went into cardiac arrest while taking down a tree using a chainsaw Friday afternoon in New London, officials said.

The 62-year-old was working as a contractor removing a tree at 23 Willetts Ave. about 12:15 p.m. when he went into cardiac arrest, according to New London Fire Department Battalion Chief Jonathan Paige.

Paramedics from Lawrence + Memorial Hospital responded to the scene within two minutes. They performed CPR and used a portable defibrillator on the man, who was revived in the ambulance, Paige said.

First responders originally went to the scene thinking the man had fallen from a tree. He was on the ground at the time of the incident and was not hurt by the chainsaw. He was taken to L+M Hospital for further treatment, Paige said.

t.hartz@theday.com

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