Police resuscitate man who collapsed at LA Fitness

Quick response and treatment by Trumbull police officers helped get a cardiac arrest victim breathing again Monday afternoon.

The 49-year-old man collapsed at LA Fitness, near the mall, at 12:26 p.m. Dec. 22. Police Officer Jay Leos and Officer Scott Duva arrived just a couple of minutes later. The call had come in as a reported seizure, but the patient stopped breathing at one point. Leos, with assistance from Duva, used an automated external defibrillator (AED), which got the man breathing again, according to Lt. Leonard Scinto. EMS arrived soon after police, continuing care and stabilizing the patient for transport to the hospital.

“The police department was on the scene very quickly, in a matter of a minute or two,” EMS Chief Joseph Laucella said. “They assessed the patient and were able to defibrillate the patient.”

Laucella said Monday that he didn’t have an update yet on the patient’s condition once he arrived at the hospital, but the ability of the police to get the man breathing again shows how well the town’s emergency response system works.

“You are giving a person a great chance of survival by having early access to medical care,” Laucella said.

Trumbull EMS and police have been honored, on more than one occasion, in the past two years for working together to make cardiac arrest saves.

“All the credit goes to those guys getting on the scene quickly,” Laucella said of Monday’s call. “It’s so important that we have those AEDs out on patrol. We are very fortunate in this town to have a great system.”