STAMFORD, Conn. -- Quick work by a pair of Stamford police officers helped to save the life of a 64-year-old golfer who collapsed due to a heart attack at the Sterling Farms Golf Course at about noon Tuesday.
The Stamford resident told another golfer at Sterling Farms that he wasn’t feeling well and thought perhaps the extreme heat was getting to him, police said.
While being driven back to the parking lot via golf cart, the golfer slumped over in his seat and began breathing in a labored manner, police said. Upon arriving back at the starter station, the man was lifeless and unresponsive, police said.
The golfer who had driven the victim to the starter station immediately called 911.
Lt. Tom Scanlon was at the golf course on routine patrol and rushed over to the golfer.
Scanlon immediately took theman off the golf cart and placed him on the ground, where Scanlon performed CPR while calling for a defibrillator (AED), police said.
The man wasn't breathing and didn't have a pulse. A golf course employee brought an AED, which Scanlon used to shock the victim's chest, police said.
Officer Frank Laconna arrived at this time and took over with the continuing CPR, police said.
The victim’s condition began to change and he had some labored breathing/agonal respirations, however Scanlon was unable to detect a pulse.
Both Scanlon and Laconna continued with lifesaving CPR until Stamford Emergency Service and Stamford Fire Department staff arrived and took over with advanced life support care. The victim regained a heart rhythm and was transported to Stamford Hospital for treatment.
The golfer remained in the intensive care unit at Stamford Hospital, where tests were being conducted to confirm what had caused the cardiac issues, police said.
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