Thursday 23 November 2017

'You are a credit' - Off-duty American officers save life of Irish pensioner in pub

Officers Matthew Thomas and Matthew Gilhooley saved a pensioner's life on Wednesday
Officers Matthew Thomas and Matthew Gilhooley saved a pensioner's life on Wednesday

Kathy Armstrong

TWO holidaying American police officers have been hailed heroes after saving the life of an Irish pensioner.

Port Authority Police Officers Matthew Thomas and Matthew Gilhooley were in a pub in Kenmare, Co Kerry on Wednesday evening  when an elderly man (71) suffered a heart attack.

Luckily the off-duty officers were able to perform life-saving CPR and used a defibrillator on the man, who was then rushed to Cork University Hospital.

Port Authority Police Benevolent Association Inc shared the incredible news on their Facebook page, writing: "The officers, who were on vacation, had just entered PF McCarthy's Pub when the gentleman fell from his chair.

"Thomas and Gilhooley rushed to the man's aid and quickly determined he was in cardiac arrest. The officers began CPR along with using two shocks from a defibrillator.

"After approximately 15 minutes of CPR the man regained his pulse and began to breathe on his own.

"Thomas and Gilhooley continued to attend to the man until the local EMS unit arrived. The gentleman was transported to Cork University Hospital where he continues to receive care."

The post also outlined how their training proved vital in the emergency situation.

They said: "Thomas and Gilhooley are four year veterans of the Port Authority Police Department and are, as all PAPD officers are, certified first responders trained in CPR, the use of a defibrillator, the proper application of a tourniquet among other life saving procedures.

"All PAPD officers are recertified annually. PAPD: Highly Trained, Historically Tested, True Blue. Others Before Self."

Others were quick to commend Officers Thoms and Gilhooley for helping to save the man's life.

One person said: "Outstanding job men. You are a credit to the PAPD and more importantly your service to mankind."

Another joked: "Even after a couple of pints you guys kicked ass. Good job gentlemen."

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