Bridgeport Officers Credited With Saving Man's Life

By Stephanie O'Connell
|  Saturday, Feb 8, 2014  |  Updated 10:06 AM EDT
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Bridgeport Officers Credited With Saving Man's Life

Officers Damien Csech and Matthew Goncalves

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Two Bridgeport police officers are being credited with saving the life of a man who collapsed while shoveling snow for a neighbor on Thursday.

Officers Damien Csech and Matthew Goncalves were in the area of Cottage St. when they were flagged down by a man and a women in the middle of the street.

The woman stated that a 53-year old man collapsed while shoveling snow. He did not have a pulse when the officers arrived.

Officer Csech performed CPR while Officer Goncalves assisted him trying to see if the man regained a pulse. The officers continued CPR until the Bridgeport Fire and ambulance arrived.

"These officers put their training to work and saved a life," said Police Chief Joseph L. Gaudett. Jr. "We are receiving updates from the hospital. We are hopeful but the next few days will be key. I can't say how proud I am of these officers. I'm not sure they have yet comprehend what they did."

Medical personnel at Saint Vincent’s were able to regain a pulse. He is currently listed in critical condition.

"It's nice to know this afternoon that he is holding on," said Csech, who learned CPR in the training academy.

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