State Police honors Springfield residents for incredible bravery

The man they helped save is a retired Mass. State Police Sergeant

BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Many people wouldn’t know how to react or what to do during life-threatening situations. Friday, the State Police recognized 45 people who risked their lives to save others.

On August 22, 2014, emergency dispatchers received a call from a woman saying her husband had suffered a heart attack while driving, but didn’t know where he was. Within seconds, State Police had located the vehicle on Route 291 in Springfield.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Donald Wilmot told 22News, he “pulled the male from the vehicle on the side of the road there, realized that he was having a heart attack. I arrived and started giving him chest compressions.”

The situation was looking grim – the victim was not breathing and had no pulse. Troopers continued to perform CPR until ambulances arrived. EMT’s rushed him to Bay State Medical Center where he was treated and later recovered.

Springfield Paramedic Lesley Vanderpoel said, “It was very serious. If we would have waited, like, even a few more minutes before the state police got there he probably wouldn’t have had a good outcome at all.”

In a State House ceremony, State Police honored 45 people who put their lives on the line to rescue others. Springfield EMT Arden Lowe received the “Lifesaving Award,” and told 22 News… she wasn’t expecting all of this recognition. She said, “this is not why we do the job, so it’s very moving that other people are so impressed that they decided to honor us this way.”

Turns out, the man they helped save is a retired Massachusetts State Police Sergeant.

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