Leland recognizes police officers’ emergency service

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By Brian Slattery

LELAND—Sometimes serve and protect also includes resuscitate.

At Leland’s March 21 town meeting, Mayor Brenda Bozeman and Police Chief Mike James presented Sgt. Keel and Cpl. Christopher Winder with awards to recognize their efforts to keep a resident alive.

At the town meeting James said an elderly woman was in need of assistance.

“Keel and Winder performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation ) for 37 minutes, after which the victim had a strong pulse,” James said.

According to an incident report, at 7:24 p.m. on Jan 29, Winder was dispatched to a home on Elfin Court in Leland.

Keel also arrived with Leland Fire and Rescue Chief John Grimes and Michael Herbert.

Herbert removed a blockage from the victim’s throat while Keel and Winder performed CPR.

After 37 minutes, Herbert reported the victim’s pulse improved, and she was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Bozeman said the officers received life-saving award certificates and pins designating the award to wear on their uniforms.

James said the officers in his department are all CPR certified through 2014.

Because they are on patrol, there are times when police will be called to an emergency to cover the time it may take fire and rescue to reach the destination from their location.

“EMS will notify us of medical calls and at times request assistance if there is a call history or a severity to the calls,” James said.

“In this (incident), the guys went to check to see if they could help. They got started performing CPR for 37 minutes.”

James said on calls where officers perform CPR, they will normally continue for 25 to 30 minutes.

“I don’t know if there is anything normal on a call like that,” he added.

He said if there is a chance CPR is having any effect, they will continue.

It is left to EMS to determine when to stop performing CPR.

On March 20, the day before receiving the life-saving award, James said Keel was called to another CPR situation.

“It was not Keel’s first time with it. We are lucky he’s been close when calls have gone out,” James said.

“I’m proud of the guys. They always give 110 percent.”


Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.