Belmont Police Officer Earns Lifesaving Award For Heroic Off-Duty Actions

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BELMONT (WBZNewsRadio) - Belmont Police officer Marco D'Andrea has been awarded the department's Lifesaving Award after he jumped into action and saved a man's life, while off duty at a local soccer match.

On February 9, Officer D'Andrea attended a soccer match in Belmont High School's Wenner Field House. When a fellow player collapsed during the match, Officer D'Andrea made sure 911 was called and immediately began performing CPR on the man. At the same time, Officer D'Andrea instructed a bystander to get an automated external defibrillator (AED) from inside the building. Officer D'Andrea then used the AED on the 62 year old, who regained consciousness a short time later.

"Our officers are sworn to protect and serve, and that commitment extends beyond their time in uniform, as Officer D'Andrea showed," Chief MacIsaac said during an award ceremony Thursday morning. "We are all proud of his quick thinking and calm actions -- and grateful that an AED was available as a resource -- which helped save the life of a fellow participant that day."

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