A nurse was relaxing inside B.K.'s Pub, 4272 Washington St. in Roslindale, when she went out to the pub's small courtyard and found a man just lying on the ground, not breathing, turning purple.
As the bartender called 911, around 6:15 p.m. on July 17, the nurse began doing CPR on the man, and kept doing it for the ten minutes it took firefighters and paramedics to arrive and administer Narcan, which revived him, police and the bartender told the Boston Licensing Board at a hearing this morning.
Because the man collapsed from his apparent overdose on bar property, owner Bob Keith had to appear before the board, which will consider whether he could have done anything to prevent the incident.
The bartender said the man was a regular - as are most of the people who patronize the small tavern - but that she had not seen him in about four months. He downed a few beers, then seemed to go out to the patio to have a smoke. Not long after, the nurse, also a regular, found him unconscious and yelled for help. The bartender ran out back, saw what was happening and ran back inside to call 911.
The board decides what to do about the citation for the incident on Thursday.