Trumbull Police Officer James Sota had a heck of a first call.
The rookie officer and Officer Paul Coutinho responded to a call of a male in cardiac arrest earlier this year and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation until Trumbull EMS medics arrived. They also used their automated external defibrillator.
EMTs Kristen Mosher, Meg Carey, Andrew Boone, Kathy Summ-Brooks and Roger Tiberio also arrived, and Dispatcher Stacey Petinella (another Trumbull EMT) dispatched the call. Officer Matt Perkowski and now-retired Sgt. Phil Hynes also assisted.
The patient's heartbeat was restored and he has since made a full recovery.
All the rescuers were honored Tuesday night by Trumbull EMS Executive Director Joe Laucella, First Selectman Tim Herbst and Police Chief Thomas Kiely.
"This is exactly how the chain of survival is supposed to work," Laucella said.
Herbst said Laucella has increased TEMS' call response to 96 percent. "It gives me great pride to see our emergency services branches working so well together," he said.
"I'm proud of all you. You really make the town proud," added Kiely.