No injuries were reported after a medical emergency at the Pelham High School graduation on May 23 at the Pelham Civic Complex. (File)
No injuries were reported after a medical emergency at the Pelham High School graduation on May 23 at the Pelham Civic Complex. (File)

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No injuries after medical emergency at PHS graduation

Published 11:36am Friday, May 24, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

No serious injuries were reported after a man suffered a seizure during Pelham High School’s May 23 graduation ceremony at the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena.

The incident happened in the back bleachers of the Civic Complex’s main arena at about 8 p.m., shortly after PHS administrators began presenting diplomas to the school’s 399 graduates.

The Pelham Fire Department did not release the man’s name, citing medical privacy reasons.

Pelham Fire Department emergency medical technicians were on the scene to help the man within minutes, as spectators witnessed the incident and sprinted to alert authorities.

First responders were able to treat the man on the scene, and did not transport him to the hospital.

Pelham Fire Chief Danny Ray praised the responders for arriving on the scene quickly and ensuring the man sustained no injuries.

“We always staff large events in the city, and we typically have a very large crowd at graduation,” Ray said on May 24.

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