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Ty Solomon, who collapsed during a basketball game at NC State, returning to Raleigh

Courtside heroes saved basketball player's life: 'I love those guys'

Watch as SC State's Ty Solomon describes the moments before he collapsed during a game against NC State, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Solomon was revived by a team trainer and EMS personnel using CPR and a defibrillator.
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Watch as SC State's Ty Solomon describes the moments before he collapsed during a game against NC State, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Solomon was revived by a team trainer and EMS personnel using CPR and a defibrillator.

National Emergency Medical Services week began this past Sunday and ends Saturday.

As part of that, Wake County EMS on Tuesday welcomes back to town someone who says they helped "literally saved my life."

Ty Solomon, the S.C. State basketball player who collapsed during a game against N.C. State at PNC Arena on Dec. 2, will join other survivors during the Code: Celebrate event at Reynolds Coliseum on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Solomon collapsed while sitting on the bench in the first half of that game against the Wolfpack.

S.C. State athletic trainer Tyler Long immediately started CPR on Solomon. Wake County paramedics Greg Rodevick and Rich Eldridge reached the scene a few minutes later and found Solomon had no pulse. They used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock Solomon’s heart back into rhythm.

There were scary moments during NC State's game against South Carolina State as Tyvoris Solomon passed out in the first half. Solomon was transported to Rex Hospital conscious and stabilized.

Solomon was transported to UNC Rex Healthcare’s N.C. Heart and Vascular Hospital, where he spent the next five days in intensive care before being released from the hospital. He returned home to Charleston, S.C., but, on advice of his doctors, didn’t play the rest of the season for the Bulldogs.

Wake County EMS responded to approximately 103,000 requests for service of all kinds in 2017. Among them, 120 people survived cardiac arrest after receiving medical assistance from Wake County EMS. That’s a single-year record for the organization.

Solomon and S.C. State coach Murray Garvin will speak to the gathering of survivors and first responders during Tuesday’s event, which is free and open to the public.

“This event provides an opportunity for survivors and responders to come together and share their stories,” Dr. Jose Cabanas, director of Wake County EMS, said. “It’s inspiring for our EMS providers to talk with their former patients, meet their families and see the difference they’ve made in their lives

If you go

What: Code: Celebrate

When: 7 p.m., Tuesday

Where: Reynolds Coliseum

Cost: Free

Wake County paramedics Greg Rodevick and Rich Eldridge were honored at the NC State Wolfpack's game against UMKC at Reynolds Coliseum Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. Rodevick and Eldridge helped save the life of S.C. State starting point guard Ty Solomon,

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