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UPDATE: Cameraman revived after heart attack passes away at hospital

May 1, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

Lee Kuntz -

Despite the intervention of two Nationals trainers, an Atlanta-based cameraman who suffered a heart attack in a media room at Turner Field passed away Wednesday evening.

Reuben Porras, 61, died at the hospital after initially being revived by Nationals head trainer Lee Kuntz and assistant strength and conditioning coach John Hsu at the ballpark.’s Mark Zuckerman was on the scene at Turner Field and had the account:

Kuntz and Hsu grabbed an automated external defibrillator that had only been installed in the visiting clubhouse a week ago and rushed to the aid of the man, who had lost consciousness and wasn’t breathing. Kuntz used the AED machine and CPR to revive the man, then waited for paramedics to arrive.

Porras, who had a cinematography business in nearby Newnan, GA, was taken to a nearby hospital and placed in the ICU, where he passed away.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - May 1, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Well done gentlemen!

    • brewcrewfan54 - May 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Sad to see he didn’t make it.

      • miketreedy - May 2, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        RIP – Prayers to Reuben Porras’s family, friends and to the trainers that tried to revive him.

  2. rg3isvictory - May 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Nice to see some good news coming out of the Nationals vs. Braves series!

    • humanexcrement - May 1, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      What good news? The guy died.

      • brewcrewfan54 - May 1, 2013 at 10:54 PM

        Obviously when the comment was made he hadn’t passed away yet.

      • sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        Look at the time stamp, please.

      • mjames1229 - May 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Even though the guy ended up dying, they trainers took quick and decisive action to administer the best aid they could.

        In this case, God had other ideas, but kudos SHOULD still go out to the Nationals trainers on a job well done.

  3. tfbuckfutter - May 1, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    It’s a good thing it didn’t happen in Boston.

    The trainers would have revived him, sure….but it would have ended up with him needing Tommy John surgery.

    • shawndc04 - May 1, 2013 at 7:25 PM


      • tfbuckfutter - May 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        I’m assuming you’re aware the Sox have had 5 players undergo the surgery in less than 2 years, right?

        Including one of the relatively rare position players.

    • theonlynolan - May 1, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      I know you were only joking and I get it but I actually suffered from a heart related issue about 8 years ago at Fenway Park and the medical staff on sight were tremendous in their response. They couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful and someone within the organization called me a couple weeks later to give me free tickets to a future game. A lot of people hate on the Red Sox but they do a lot of things really well. They are, for the most part, a classy organization.

      • tfbuckfutter - May 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM

        But afterwards did you notice you were missing an achilles tendon?

        (And I’m actually a Sox fan, and agree that they do a lot of things well….I am just disturbed by the number of “minor” injuries they always seem to have that completely wipe out players’ seasons and turn into OTHER major issues).

      • Old Gator - May 1, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Condolences to Porras’ family. Sad indeed.

    • bigharold - May 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      “….but it would have ended up with him needing Tommy John surgery.”

      That’s messed up! Hilarious but messed up.

    • sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 9:54 PM

      At least you posted this before the guy died. Your post only makes you an asshole instead of the world’s most heartless prick.

    • cptnew1 - May 2, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      How in the world in good conscious, can you post something like that? Trying to be funny or not, imagine if you read that about someone in your family. Would you really want to read some smarta$$ comment?

      • jarathen - May 2, 2013 at 9:38 AM

        It’s “good conscience.”

  4. jfian24 - May 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    They need to grab that defibrillator and see if they can revive the Nats offense.

  5. 13arod - May 1, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    why did you say idoit shawndc04

  6. Kevin S. - May 1, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Unfortunately, this does not have a happy ending:

    • goskinsvt - May 1, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      very sad.

  7. sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Dammit 😦

  8. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - May 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Awful news, my heart goes out to his family and friends. Think I’ll call my wife and tell her I love her.

    • sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Now that’s an excellent call.

  9. Stiller43 - May 1, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    You probably should have made a new article…all the original comments seem confusing at the very least.

    Sad news. 61 is too young. Im not a relgious man, but my thoughts go out to his family.

    • sabatimus - May 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Don’t have to be religious to have a heart :)

  10. mazblast - May 2, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    Kuntz and Hsu did the best they could, didn’t freeze, put their training to use. Props to them for their work. Sometimes even one’s best efforts go unrewarded. At least they tried.

    Condolences to his family. 61 (only a few years older than I am) is far too young to die.

  11. drone501 - May 2, 2013 at 7:17 AM

    a shame

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