On Wednesday afternoon, a local worker by the name of Reuben was carrying some equipment in the hallway outside the visitors' clubhouse when he suffered an apparent heart attack. Nationals head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz was in the training room, and instincts apparently took over.
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.
Unfortunately, however, the measure only worked temporarily. A bit after we initially passed along what was great news at the time, we found out the outcome was bad.
Sad news to report: Reuben Porras, MLB Network cameraman who #Nats trainers performed CPR on today, died at Atlanta hospital. He was 61.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) May 2, 2013
Rest in peace, Mr. Porras. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.