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Officers, citizens credited with saving life of man who had medical emergency in Penn Yan

Police say a pair of officers with the Penn Yan Police Department are being credited with saving a person’s life following a medical call in the village.

According to a news release, Officers Tyler Brzezinski and Terry Skelly responded to the scene of a man who was unconscious in his vehicle on Liberty Street.

They say Brzezinski realized the male was having a medical emergency and waived down a passerby for assistance with removing him from the vehicle. The male was laid on the sidewalk where the officer and passerby began CPR.


Officer Skelly then arrived carrying her AED, which was hooked to the male and utilized. The Penn Yan Volunteer Ambulance and Medic 55 responded and transported the male to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital.

The emergency room doctor later contacted police and advised that he lived because of officers being on-scene.

“It was an excellent job by everyone involved,” Chief Thomas Dunham said. “The citizens passing by immediately offered assistance with removing the man and getting the vehicle into park without causing an accident. The officers training and having equipment on hand along with the fast response of ambulance all resulted in this person being saved.”



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