Court Officers Commended
by Chief Justices
and Survivor of Courthouse Cardiac Arrest
Officers who sprang into action to revive Leonard Shand,
a Boston Police Officer who collapsed at the Brooke Courthouse
on May 22nd, were thanked by him and commended by Chief
Justice for Administration and Management Robert Mulligan
and Chief Justice of the Probate & Family Court Sean
Dunphy on Friday, June 29, 2007.
Probate & Family Courtroom Four, Court Officers Stephen
LaColla, Michael O'Toole, and Christopher Roberson,
embraced Mr. Shand who had stopped breathing and suffered
cardiac arrest in that same courtroom one month earlier.
When his seizure occurred, the Court Officers quickly
identified the emergency, administered CPR, applied an
Automated External Defibrillator (AED), analyzed Mr.
Shand's heart rhythm and administered a shock that
restored his pulse and ability to breathe on his own.
Boston Emergency Medical Services then transported him
to the hospital where he later underwent heart bypass
surgery. Court Officer Martin Connolly, who was not on
duty when Mr. Shand returned to the courtroom last week,
also participated in the life-saving effort
their alertness and preparedness these court officers
truly restored life to Mr. Shand," said Chief Justice
Mulligan who along with Chief Justice Dunphy presented
commendations to the officers. "Their actions underscore
the effectiveness of our court officer force which operates
without fanfare every day to intelligently and alertly
assure safety and security for those who visit and work
at our courthouses," he said. "We are pleased
to commend the exemplary emergency response of these
officers who demonstrated the extent to which their training
prepares them for any situation that can arise in the
Justice Mulligan also commended the collaborative effort
across Trial Court Departments to deliver training on
the use of AEDs. In February, 137 employees at the Brooke
Courthouse, including court officers assigned to the
Probate & Family Court, volunteered for training in the
use of CPR and the AED, in a program conducted by the
Boston Municipal Court in conjunction with the Trial
Court's Security Department. Boston Municipal Court
Administrative Attorney Michael O'Loughlin and
Trial Court Director of Security Thomas Connolly who
jointly coordinated the training effort also participated
in the recognition event.
From left: Chief Justice of the
Probate & Family Court Sean Dunphy, Boston Municipal
Court Administrative Attorney Michael O'Loughlin,
Court Officer Stephen LaColla, Court Officer
Michael O'Toole, Leonard Shand, Court Officer
Christopher Roberson, and Chief Justice for Administration & Management
Robert Mulligan in Probate & Family Courtroom
Four where Mr. Shand suffered cardiac arrest
From left: Probate & Family Court
Officers Stephen LaColla, Michael O'Toole,
and Christopher Roberson with Leonard Shand,
who returned to Courtroom Four to thank the officers
for their alertness and quick response.
On July 12, 2007, a certificate
of commendation was presented to Court Officer
Martin Connolly for his contribution to the life-saving
effort that took place at the Brooke Courthouse
in May, since he had been on vacation when Mr.
Shand returned to the courthouse on June 29th.
From left: Chief Justice of the Probate & Family
Court Sean Dunphy, Chief Justice for Administration & Management
Robert Mulligan, Court Officer Martin Connolly
and Acting Director of Security Tom Connolly.
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