2017-12-31 / Insight

Three Lapeer police officers, citizen use CPR to save man’s life

BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2640 • jhogan@mihomepaper.com


Lapeer Police Chief Dave Frisch (left) honored three of his officers with a Life Saving Citation Award for their work to assist a man last October who was experiencing a health emergency. Honored were Officer Shawn Broecker, Officer Daniel Smith and Sgt. Robert Govitz. Also honored with the same award was the victim’s son, Alexander Perry. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Lapeer Police Chief Dave Frisch (left) honored three of his officers with a Life Saving Citation Award for their work to assist a man last October who was experiencing a health emergency. Honored were Officer Shawn Broecker, Officer Daniel Smith and Sgt. Robert Govitz. Also honored with the same award was the victim’s son, Alexander Perry. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — The year ended on a positive note at the last Lapeer City Commission meeting of the year.

On Dec. 18, three Lapeer Police Dept. officers and a citizen were honored with Life Saving Citation Awards presented by Police Chief Dave Frisch for their collective effort to save the life of a man who was suffering a heart attack.

Last October Lapeer County Central Dispatch received a 9-11 call that Phillip Perry, 53, was unresponsive and not breathing at his home in Lapeer and that his son Alexander, 23, had started CPR on his ailing father. Within only minutes of the distress call on scene responded Officers Shawn Broecker, Daniel Smith and Sgt. Robert Govitz.

All three Lapeer officers began to provide life-saving measures that included to establish an airway, provide oxygen, to attach an automated external defibrillator (AED) and perform CPR. The AED, said Frisch, provided two separate cardiac shocks while the officers continued to provide rescue breaths and CPR until a Medstar Ambulance crew was on scene.

A Medstar paramedic, later contacted by Det./Sgt. Craig Gormley of the Lapeer Police Dept., stated that the officers’ actions were a “text book” example of resuscitation. Mr. Perry continued to suffer cardiac distress during transportation to the hospital and “without the efforts of the officers and Alexander Perry” that Mr. Perry would not have survived.

Mr. Perry has since recovered from his medical emergency and returned home.

Reporting of the incident has been met with a flurry of letters and Sound Off comments to The County Press about the importance and life-saving value for people to take CPR and AED training if it becomes available.

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