Albany officer credited with playing major role in saving man’s life

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Updated: 2/17 10:59 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. -- An Albany police officer is being credited with saving a man's life during a medical emergency on Putnam Street.

On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at about 5:40 p.m., Officers Stephen Sayer and Luke Deer responded to the area of Putnam Street and Second Avenue for a report of an unresponsive male outside. When they arrived, the officers observed an unresponsive male lying in the street, not breathing, and without a pulse.

Deer just graduated from the police academy in January, immediately began to administer CPR to the victim until medical personnel arrived.

"I was just lucky enough to be there at the right time. Any other first responder would have done the same thing," said Officer Deer.

The patient, a 33-year-old male with a cardiac history, was transported to Albany Medical Center where hospital staff was able to restore his pulse.

"That was the first time I did CPR on an actual person," said Deer.

Emergency room doctors credited the officer, saying that his administering CPR played a major role in saving the man's life.

It is a rare occurrence for officer's to perform CPR because paramedics are usually present. But in this case, Deer was the first on the scene and continued chest compressions until EMTs arrived.

The patient is currently admitted at the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

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