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Firefighter revives man involved in Bemidji car accident

They don't call them heroes for nothing.

James Scarborough, 65, of Bemidji, appeared to suffer a heart attack Monday afternoon while driving his 1995 white Plymouth Voyager in downtown Bemidji, according to a Bemidji police report.

His van was seen at about 4 p.m. rolling toward the four-way stop at Fifth Street Northwest and Beltrami Avenue Northwest when it suddenly accelerated and struck a pick-up truck and a parked passenger car, the report said.

The driver, later identified as Scarborough, was seen hunched over the steering wheel before the collisions occurred, according to the report.

While emergency workers were able to initially locate Scarborough's pulse, it soon disappeared and Bemidji Firefighter Kelly Skime began chest compressions, the report said.

Four police officers assisted at the scene.

Scarborough was shocked with an automated external defibrillator and began breathing on his own, according to the report.

Scarborough was taken to North Country Regional Hospital and was transferred to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo, according to a hospital spokesperson. He was in satisfactory condition Tuesday afternoon.

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