SEABROOK — Two Seabrook police officers were honored yesterday for their efforts in saving a woman's life in January.
Sgt. John Wasson and officer Jeremy Tetreault were given certificates and Livesaver Award medals at the selectmen's meeting by police Chief Patrick Manthorn for their actions during a Jan. 27 medical emergency when they used an automatic electronic defibrillator to help save a woman in distress.
Manthorn said that Wasson and Tetreault were on patrol when they heard the emergency call on the radio concerning a Rocks Road woman having trouble breathing. In the vicinity, both officers were able to respond to the scene quickly, finding the woman had stopped breathing. They immediately took action, including taking out and using the AED carried in each Seabrook police cruiser.
The automatic defibrillator indicated shocking the patient was necessary, which Tetreault did, then both men began CPR until Seabrook Fire Department's ambulance and medical technicians arrived to take over, Manthorn said.
At the hospital, medical professionals praised the quick response.
"Your actions on that day not only saved this woman's life, according to the attending emergency room physician, but also her qualify of life, for she has no permanent injury," Manthorn told the men.
Prior to yesterday's meeting, Manthorn said that for a police officer, there's no better feeling than saving a person's life.
Portable automatic electronic defibrillators are standard equipment in each Seabrook cruiser. They were purchased and donated by officials at the Seabrook nuclear power plant, NextEra Energy Seabrook, Manthorn said.
Seabrook police were trained in the use of the lifesaving machines by members of the Seabrook Fire Department, he said.
"We're glad we could provide the training that helped with this successful result," fire Chief Jeff Brown said. "And we look forward to doing it with other departments, as well. We're looking into getting more AEDs for certain other town departments like the Rec Center and the library."
Brown said residents should always remember to dial 911 to get the quickest response to local emergencies.
When told yesterday of the lifesaving result the equipment had produced, Alan Griffith, spokesman for NextEra Energy Seabrook, was pleased.
"That's wonderful; we're very pleased to hear that story," Griffith said. "In 2007, we bought seven AEDs for the Seabrook police cruisers. This was part of our ongoing cause of being a good neighbor."