The Statewide Advisory Committee for CPR/First Responders within the MPTC recently recognized 43 First Responders at their annual conferences. The inception of this annual recognition awards program is to recognize an officer(s) who while on duty or off went above and beyond their law enforcement duties in rendering care to a citizen or another member of their agency in need of medical attention. This recognition exemplifies officers who have been able to demonstrate that their CPR/First Responder training was beneficial in saving a life.
Each of the recipients received a certificate plaque and a commendation bar to be worn on their uniform acknowledging their accomplishments. At our first conference that was held on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at Bentley University, Waltham, Ma. 38 officers were recognized. At our second conference that was held on Thursday, June 29th at Springfield Technical Community College 5 officers were recognized. The first responders are as follows:
Arlington Police Department - Officer Michael Foley
While responding to a NEMLEC callout in Gloucester, Officer Foley and Sgt. Frank Eldridge came across a MVA on Rt. 128 in Peabody. They stopped and discovered the operator of the MV was pulse less. They performed CPR on the side of the road. Officer Foley later learned after completing his NEMLEC responsibilities in the apprehension of an armed barricaded and suicidal subject that the operator had regained a pulse and was breathing.
Newton Police Department - Sgt. Frank Eldridge
While responding to a NEMLEC callout in Gloucester, Sgt. Frank Eldridge and Officer Foley came across a MVA on Rt. 128 in Peabody. They stopped and discovered the operator of the MV was pulse less. They performed CPR on the side of the road. Sgt. Eldridge later learned after completing his NEMLEC responsibilities in the apprehension of an armed barricaded and suicidal subject that the operator had regained a pulse and was breathing.
Attleboro Police Department - Officer John Hynes, Officer Tyler Hopkins, Officer Thomas Wellman, Officer Nathan Matos, Officer Jason Stevens, Officer William Monterroso, Officer Keith Shepard, Officer Robert Miller, Officer Joseph Energren, Dispatcher Eric Mayer, Dispatcher Leo McKenzie and Dispatcher Timothy Keane.
The above officers and dispatchers were recognized for their quick actions, efficient conduct and preservation of life during a call in which the initial reports indicated several explosions and a trailer fully engulfed with people trapped. On the officers arrival they structures fully engulfed with flames shooting 40 feet into the sky from ruptured gas lines. The officers and dispatchers quickly assessed the incident, summoned the necessary resources, evacuated the area, extricated victims from the burning structure and began life saving medical treatment to a victim in cardiac arrest and other victims with smoke inhalation and burns. The officer’s quick actions resuscitated the victim that was cardiac arrest and prevented tragic outcomes of all victims involved.
Attleboro Police Department - Sgt. Kevin Blackwell and Officer Ayman Kafel
Both Officers responded to a report of a man down after a fall and was possibly unconscious. The officer’s quick response, quick assessment and quick actions of performing CPR and Defibrillation resulted in the resuscitation of a father of two local firefighters. Their training and quick treatment allowed this victim to be resuscitated.
Attleboro Police Department - Sergeant Timothy Cook Jr., Officer Robert Miller
Sgt. Cook and Officer Miller were dispatched to an apartment complex which housed many residents with disabilities for a report of a structure fire. On their arrival there was heavy smoke filling the complex. Sgt. Cook and Officer Miller made their way through the thick smoke and located an elderly gentleman who suffered from cerebral palsy. Sgt. Cook and Officer Miller had to carry this man down 4 flights of stairs to his safety. Their dedication and determination to helping others with sacrificing their own safety saved the life of this resident.
Attleboro Police Department - Sgt. Timothy Cook, Jr., Officer Kevin Fuoco, Officer Paul McCann, Officer John Hynes, Officer Jason Stevens, Dispatcher David Anastasi.
The above officers responded to a report of female that was attempting to take her own life by cutting her own throat. On the officers arrival they found a female lying outside on the front lawn of the residence with a large open and profusely bleeding wound of her neck. The female was still screaming and making statements to kill herself. The officers approached and quickly realized the female still had the 10 inch butcher knife. The officers quickly gained control of the knife away from the female and began treating the female. During the event the female’s husband became very distraught and had to be controlled as well. The officer’s quick actions of controlling a very chaotic and emotional scene as well as delivering life saving first aid saved this person's life as well as preserved the life of others.
Brewster Police Department - Sgt. Barry Horton, Officer Michael Mei
On Patrol, Officer Mei came across a running motor that was stationary in the wrong lane of traffic. Officer Mei approached the MV and found an unresponsive male. Officer Mei called for backup and removed the male from the MV and began CPR. Sgt. Horton arrived with a defibrillator. The officer’s quick assessment and medical treatment of CPR and Defibrillation saved this man as the victim began breathing during their resuscitative efforts on scene.
Holliston Police Department - Sgt. Craig Denman, Detective Chad Thompson
Sgt. Denman and Det. Thompson responded to a report an elderly female who had become ill at home. On their arrival they found this victim to be in cardiac arrest. Do to their rapid response, quick assessment skills and medical treatment, this woman is alive today.
Oxford Police Department - Officer Ricci Hall
Officer Hall was dispatched to a local for a report of an unresponsive male sitting in a chair turning blue. On Officer Hall’s arrival he found an unconscious male victim lying motionless on the kitchen floor. Officer Hall quickly assessed the victim and discovered the male victim was unconscious/unresponsive and blue in color. Officer Hall quickly assessed the pulse and discovered the victim had a weak pulse but was not breathing. Officer hall now learned that the victim had overdosed on an opiate drug. Officer Hall knew that this person’s only chance of survival was to begin rescue breathing. Officer Hall then opened the victim’s airway and began to provide rescue breathing. Officer Hall continued his rescue efforts until EMS arrived. Due to Officer Hall’s quick response, quick assessment and rescue efforts this victim made a full recovery.
University Of Massachusetts Worcester Medical Campus Police - Officer Tim Malanowski, Officer Edward Page and Deputy Chief Michael Hunter of Worcester Memorial EMS.
Officer Malanowski and Officer Page were dispatched to the kitchen area for a report of an employee having a seizure. On the officer’s arrival they found an unconscious/unresponsive male victim. The officer’s quickly assessed the victim and discovered the victim was pulse less. They quickly started CPR. Deputy Chief Hunter who was off duty attending a meeting in a nearby room heard the call for help and stepped out of the meeting and began resuscitative measures. A defibrillator was brought to the scene and quickly applied to the victim. The victim was defibrillated and CPR was continued. Due to the quick efforts of Officer Malanowski, Officer Page and Deputy Chief Hunter the patient regained pulses. The victim was moved to the emergency room. The victim made a full recovery and has since returned to work. If it wasn’t for the quick response, early CPR and early defibrillation this victim would not be alive today.
Walpole Police Department - Officer Ian Tolland
Officer Tolland was dispatched to a call for a report of male victim having a heart attack. On his arrival he found an unconscious unresponsive male lying next to a treadmill. After quickly assessing the victim, officer Tolland discovered the victim had no pulse and was not breathing. Officer Tolland quickly activated the defibrillator which he had brought with him to call. Officer Tolland administered a shock to the victim and began CPR. Officer Tolland later learned that the victim had made a full recovery and was released from the hospital.