BATTLE GROUND — As they walked off the court April 24, Jeremy Browning joked with George Tierney, who’s many years his senior, about how Browning’s getting too old for basketball.
“I say, ‘Crap, George, I’m not going to play, my knees are getting that bad,'” Browning said Monday between games at Chief Umtuch Middle School in Battle Ground.
They had just finished a game of basketball in their 35-and-older community league, which plays at the school.
“All I did was turn around,” Browning said, then thud. Tierney, 69, had fallen.
The members of the Over the Hill league sprang to action. They checked his vitals, started chest compressions, called 911 and grabbed one of the school’s automated external defibrillators. Their efforts helped save Tierney’s life.
Clark County Fire District 3 honored the group at a Wednesday evening gathering at Chief Umtuch Middle School.