MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Four New Hampshire officers are being credited with saving a man’s life by performing CPR on him in the police department’s front lobby.
Sgt. Peter Marr, a 14-year member of the department, started his day Tuesday preparing for a meeting. He walked into the lobby to see if anyone had arrived yet. He saw a man who was seated, but looked pale.
“He was kind of like straightened out, his head was way back, his mouth was open,” Marr said. He couldn’t find a pulse and thought the man was dead.
Officers at the front desk told Marr the 51-year-old man had been there for a minute or two. Marr put the man on the floor, started chest compressions and yelled for them to call 911 and bring a defibrillator.
Officer Victoria Catano and Lt. Nicole Ledoux powered up the defibrillator and Lt. Joe Mucci assisted in chest compressions. After it was used, the man started moving and making sounds and an ambulance took him to the hospital. The man, whose name was not released, was being treated for a possible heart issue. Marr said he had some cracked ribs from the chest compressions.
Marr said it was quite the way to start the morning.
“Actually, you never know what to expect when you go out in the lobby,” he said. “Sometimes there are fights going on. I think it’s the first time we’ve ever had to resuscitate somebody out there.”
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