On December 19th 2023, Burbank Ice Arena board member James Liston, collapsed on the ice during stick practice and suffered a heart attack. Assistant Manager Jim Brown and Office Manager Melissa Vecchio, both sprung into action after being notified of a skater being down. Melissa immediately called 911 while Jim single-handedly dragged Mr. Liston across the ice, attached the arenas defibrillator and performed CPR. Reading Police and Fire showed up minutes later and transported Mr. Liston to the Lahey Clinic.
Today, Mr. Liston has made a full recovery and an event was held at the Burbank Ice Arena to celebrate his success story as well as all of the individuals that came together to save his life. Below is our video from this incredible event.