Port St. Lucie officers use Automated External Defibrillator, AED, to save Roberto Rivera

Victim had heart attack after crash

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Two Port St. Lucie police officers are being praised for saving a man's life by using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on Sunday.

At about 8:35 p.m., Port St. Lucie officers went to the intersection of Southeast Lennard Road and Southeast Melaleuca Boulevard to investigate a wreck.

While officers were investigating the crash, Roberto Rivera, 69, a passenger in one of the cars involved in the crash, walked over to a parking lot of a nearby convenience store. 

A short time later, police were alerted by Rivera's daughter, that her father was suffering from a possible heart attack, was unconscious and not breathing. 

Police said Officer James Becker grabbed an AED from his patrol car and rushed across the street to Rivera. 

Office Alex Gaufillet, who was also at the scene, began chest compressions on Rivera as Becker prepared to use the defibrillator.

Becker administered a shock to Rivera using the AED, which started his heart beating again and breathing resumed.

Becker and Gaufillet continued to monitor Rivera's condition until St. Lucie County Fire Rescue arrived and transported him to St. Lucie Medical Center.  

Doctors confirmed that Rivera had a heart attack and is in now in stable condition.

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