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Nationals trainers help revive a man at Turner Field (UPDATED)

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ATLANTA — Washington Nationals’ trainers may have helped save the life of an Atlanta man on Wednesday.

Head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz had just arrived in the training room in the visitors’ clubhouse at Turner Field when a local worker named Reuben Porras suffered a heart attack in the hallway outside of the clubhouse while carrying equipment.

Kuntz immediately sprung into action, grabbing the automated external defibrillator in the training room and administering CPR to the man, who was not breathing. Kuntz and training assistant John Hsu revived the man and attended to him until paramedics arrived. 

The last Kuntz had heard before the Nationals 7:10 p.m. game against the Braves was that Reuben was in the intensive care unit at a local hospital, but he was alive.

UPDATE: Some unfortunate news to pass along here. We just got word in the pressbox that Reuben Porras, who worked for MLBNetwork, passed away at the hospital Wednesday evening. He was 61. The Nationals send their condolences to his family and friends. 


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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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