Council Presents Lifesaving Award to MBTS Officers
Sergeant Richard Newton, Detective Christopher Locke, Officer Bergevine and Student Police Officer Andrea Locke were recognized during the Municipal Police Training Council’s (MPTC) annual Law Enforcement Life Saving Award ceremony.
Sergeant Newton and Detective Locke attended the June event, along with about fifty other law enforcement officers from across the State. Officer Bergevine recently transferred to Haverhill PD and Student Officer Locke is attending the MPTC Police Academy so they were unable to attend.
The Manchester employees were recognized for an incident which occurred on June 16, 2017. On this date, Manchester’s Emergency Dispatched receive a 911 call for a male subject who was unresponsive. Officer Locke, then a dispatcher, immediately provided the caller with detail CPR instructions while sending police and fire to the scene. Upon arrival Sergeant Newton and Officer Bergevine found the male in full cardiac arrest. With the assistance of Detective Locke, officers performed CPR and deployed an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Thanks to their quick thinking and advanced EMT knowledge these officers were able to provide lifesaving care until the arrival of Manchester Fire Department’s Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulance. The patient was released from the hospital days later and made a recovery.
Following the ceremony, which was held at Bentley University, a separate presentation was made to Andrea Locke at the MPTC Reading Academy. Student Officers Locke and Gilson are attending the 6-month police academy and expected to graduate in November.
Chief Conley stated, “I had a sense of pride standing on the stage watching our officers recognized for exemplary emergency medical care. Coincidentally, I received a thank you card last week from the male patient. He wanted everyone to know he is well and so very grateful to the Manchester officers who saved his life.”