District Court Officer Richard Fielding dashed out of the court foyer and around to the Washington Street parking lot where he found a woman crying over Travis Buckless, 25, who lay sprawled and unconscious on the asphalt.
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“He was not breathing and turning blue. I thought he was dead,” said Fielding, who immediately began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Buckless.
Court officers Joseph Piknick and Susan Ruiz quickly joined Fielding and prepared to use defibrillator equipment to revive Buckless.
Chief Court Officer John Nerich also ran to the lot and used an “ambu” breathing aid device on Buckless.
“We continued with CPR until Lynn Fire and Rescue came,” Fielding said.
As he walked off to an ambulance for a precautionary trip to the hospital, a firefighter pointed to Fielding and told Buckless, “You should thank that guy.” Buckless obliged.
Fielding, a nine-year court security veteran with six years service in Lynn, discounted his role in the rescue, preferring to credit co-workers.
“It was a team effort.”