Police praised for resuscitating woman who collapsed at Braintree cinema
BRAINTREE – The police department has recognized a group of officers who resuscitated a woman who went into cardiac arrest at the local movie theater over the weekend.
Police officer Chris Horigan was sent to the AMC Brain Tree 10 theater on Grandview Road for a story about a choking woman on Saturday night. When he arrived, he found a woman on the floor in a row of seats and began thrusting her back, to no avail, police said.
Horigan asked the next responding officer, Mark Gibbons, to bring a medical kit. Horigan discovered that the woman had no pulse, and he began administering CPR with the help of a bystander.
After hearing the ongoing CPR report, Police Sgt. Brian Jenkins and Police Officer Matt Columbus came in from the nearby South Shore Plaza to help. Gibbons asked them to bring the cruiser’s automated external defibrillator.
After the police administered the shock, Gibbons resumed CPR. By the time Brewster EMS arrived the woman had recovered a pulse and was able to speak to paramedics before being taken to a local hospital.
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After the incident, officers spoke to the victim’s husband and was told that 45 minutes earlier she had vomited but wanted to stay and finish watching the film. Police said the woman had apparently suffered a heart attack and was not choking.
A post on the police department’s Facebook page praised the officers: “Thanks to Constable Horigan’s quick response and quick thinking under pressure, as well as excellent teamwork and control of the situation by all officers present, this incident had a very positive outcome.”
This article originally appeared on The Patriot Ledger: Braintree police team up to resuscitate woman in cardiac arrest