Marblehead police are lifesavers

Officers Adam Mastrangelo, left, and Andrew Clark.


MARBLEHEAD — Two Marblehead police officers were honored with statewide lifesaving awards on Thursday after they were able to save a man in full cardiac arrest earlier this year.

The awards were presented to Officers Andrew Clark and Adam Mastrangelo at Bentley University during a ceremony where 92 police officers from across the state were recognized, Marblehead police said.

Clark and Mastrangelo responded to Abbot Public Library on Jan. 31 shortly before noon on a disturbance call regarding a man yelling on the first floor. While responding, they were told that a person suffered from a seizure, police said.

Also responding were crews from the Marblehead Fire Department and paramedics from Atlantic Ambulance.

But both Clark and Mastrangelo arrived just two minutes after the 911 call, ahead of other emergency responders, and found that a 66-year-old man had not suffered a seizure, but was in full cardiac arrest, police said.

Clark performed chest compressions while Mastrangelo set up the defibrillator. One shock from the device was delivered and stimulated a light pulse while the man was taken to the waiting ambulance, which took him to Salem Hospital. He survived and is enjoying life again, police said.

“I think these officers exemplify the importance of our training and used that training to make a real difference in someone’s life,” Marblehead Police Chief Robert Picariello wrote in an email. “I couldn’t be prouder of these officers and the department as a whole.”

Clark has been in law enforcement for 13 years and has been a state certified EMT for 16 years. Mastrangelo has been with the department for 11 years, and has been a member of its Mountain Bike Patrol Unit for the past five.

Daniel Bennett, secretary of public safety and security presented the awards on behalf of the Municipal Training Committee, the agency that oversees the state’s police academy system.

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