For Always Being There

Daniel Brito and the life-saving efforts of Monroe Ambulance EMT’s

August 14, 2021

Daniel Brito is a 23-year-old infielder in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system.  The last time we saw Daniel, he was at Frontier Field… collapsing into the arms of Rochester Red Wings manager Matt LeCroy.  

The scene at Frontier Field on July 31st, when the Rochester Red Wings hosted the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Still from Video)

Brito was playing 3rd base for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Frontier Field on July 31st when he suffered a seizure of some sort.  He was on the ground for the better part of a half hour while medical care was administered.  And ambulance arrived and Brito was taken to Strong Hospital and underwent multiple surgeries.  To the best of our knowledge, he is still there.

Two EMTs… emergency medical technicians stationed at the ballpark… administered initial care.  I was told it was not a stretch to say Brito’s life was saved on the field.  The EMTs went about their business without any obvious concern.  No panic.  In front of some 1000 baseball fans on hand that afternoon.  Working in front of an audience that large is unusual to say the least.

Not only that.  They perform anonymously.  I wanted their names to give them credit.  I knew I wouldn’t get them.  It’s a reminder that we take these people for granted.  The first responders.  Thank you for your service.  It’s almost trite.  A knee jerk reaction like when we say the same for our military personnel without really giving any thought to it.  We should think about it.  To those two young people on the field saving Daniel Brito’s life that day… thank you… for always being there.

Daniel Brito spent most of the 2021 season with the Double-A Reading Phillies. He was playing in just his 9th game at Triple-A on July 31. Photo by Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle
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