Jan 21, 2016 10:02 AM

New Hampton police sergeant saves life of retired police officer who collapses in courtroom

LACONIA - A New Hampton police officer has won praise for some quick thinking that saved the life of a man who collapsed on the witness stand in Laconia District Court.

Sgt. Michael Grier was in court on another matter when Raymond Hayes, a retired police officer, was testifying about a small claims action, according to Hayes' lawyer Philip Brouillard, who wrote a letter praising Grier's actions.

"Suddenly without any warning, Mr. Hayes stopped speaking, his face got red and a blank look appeared on his face, as he then collapsed forward onto the witness stand," Brouillard wrote.

Grier quickly came forward and took Hayes out of the chair and laid him down. He quickly determined Hayes had stopped breathing and had no pulse. Grier started CPR and asked someone to call 911. Grier and a bystander nurse then used the courthouse AED and applied an electric shock in an effort to restart his heart. Hayes started breathing again and regained a pulse.

Laconia paramedics then arrived and provided additional care before taking Hayes to Lakes Region General Hospital.

"Mr. Hayes left the courtroom on a stretcher and was alive and talking....I am convinced that without Sgt. Grier's quick action, Mr. Hayes would have died.

"Also at the time of his action, Sgt. Grier did not know that Mr. Hayes was a retired police officer. He saved a brother officer's life," Brouillard said.

Brouillard concludes his letter, shared with NH1 News, by asking the New Hampton police chief and its board of selectmen to recognize Grier for his life-saving actions.

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