LEBANON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Three Lebanon police officers are being hailed as heroes after they brought a non-responsive man back to life.
It happened Monday around 11 p.m. after a 54-year-old man quit breathing. His wife quickly made a frantic call to 911.
“My husband is seizing or stroking. I need an ambulance now,” the woman told 911 dispatchers.
With the help of the 911 dispatcher, the woman was able to begin chest compressions on her husband until help arrived.
The three Lebanon police officers, equipped with a defibrillator, were the first to arrive to the scene by about three minutes.
“Three minutes is a long time and they’re doing what they are trained to do,” Corporal PJ Hardy said.
Police said Sgt. Titus Kelley took over the chest compressions while Officer Nate Beatty removed the man’s shirt.
After several cycles, Officer William Kennedy then used the AED to shock the man’s heart.
Police said the man regained a pulse and began breathing on his own.
“I am proud to be a cop,” Hardy said. “Our officers are dedicated. We have an opportunity to make a difference in the world and last night they did and we are very proud of them.”
After resuscitating the man, police said the officers went to University Medical Center where they spoke with the victim who was last listed in stable condition.
All three officers have been nominated for the prestigious Life-Saving Award. They will receive their commendations at an upcoming city council meeting.