When Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone and Officer Al Patterson found custodian Neal Augustyn on the ground without a pulse, they feared the worst.
“As I was doing CPR, I yelled to Officer Patterson to go get the defibrillator and continued the CPR while Officer Patterson put together the pads to administer the shock,” said Giaccone.
“When I got there I couldn’t find a pulse either, then we hooked him up and the machine saved him,” said Patterson.
“After administering the shock, he started to blink his eyelids, he started to have shallow breathing,” said Giaccone.
The chief reported that Augustyn is doing well now and is at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center for tests. He said the department could not be more thankful for the defibrillators that its had since 2001, thanks to a donation from the Hanover Rotary club and the Lane and Elizabeth C Dwinell charitable trust.
“You understand the importance of these, but actually seeing one work effectively and seeing the positive results we have in this case… It’s just amazing,” said Patterson.