NH officers speak about their experience saving man in Manchester Police Department lobby
MANCHESTER — Four Manchester police officers helped save a man's life, but they certainly don't credit it to being "heroes," as one of them said.
Three of the four rescuing officers stood before a group of press members Wednesday to describe the situation.
Manchester Police Sgt. Peter Marr was with a few other officers setting up for a meeting when he stopped to check if his guests were in the lobby. That's when he saw the 51-year-old man, near death.
Marr observed the gentleman in the chair and checked for a pulse, which he couldn't find. He pulled him out of the chair, yelled for others in the room to call 911 and to grab the automatic external defibrillator while he started chest compressions.
When asked if he felt like a hero, Marr said, "No. Guys are out here everyday doing that stuff. They may not be doing chest compressions, but they might be arresting a suspect in a domestic violence encounter or stopping a shooting that is about to take place. I mean you could say that every day."
Officer Victoria Catano, Lt. Joe Mucci and Lt. Nicole Ledoux all assisted Marr in the rescue. All but Catano were present in the press conference.
The three officers said they have never saved a life before, nor have they been forced to use an AED in the building.
"The AED is the key part of it," Marr said. "The compressions are just keeping the blood flowing, if you can get one of those on them within minutes the success rate goes through the roof, so that was really key."
All officers in the department are well trained in CPR and first aid as a mandatory requirement in the job. They were most recently trained the summer of 2016.
"It was a bad situation but we were all in the right place at the right time," Mucci said. "Timing was key. We were all here at the right time and we were fortunate we had the tools and the training and experience to help this gentleman at this point in time."
AMR arrived a short time after the officers performed chest compressions, took the man to a local hospital and treated him for a possible heart issue.
None of the officers have spoken to the man yet.