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PHS Resource Officer and Head Custodian Honored for Lifesaving Efforts

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PHS Resource Officer and Head Custodian Honored for Lifesaving Efforts
Posted on 06/29/2016
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Portland High School Resource Officer David Cote and Head Custodian Mike Madison were honored this month for helping to save the life of a visitor at the school earlier this year.

The Portland Board of Public Education and Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker recognized Cote and Madison for their heroic actions at the board’s June 21 meeting.

This account of the event was read at the meeting:

On February 17, 2016, at approximately 8 a.m., a gentleman entered Portland High School – he was looking for the science room so he could prepare for his visit that day. School Resource Officer David Cote and Head Custodian Mike Madison assisted the visitor.

Because the floors in the science room were just cleaned, Mike informed the visitor that he would have to wait about one hour. The visitor then asked if he could sit somewhere and Mike offered Alumni Hall. As they were headed to Alumni Hall, the gentleman began to say something but suddenly collapsed. Mike was able to catch him and guide him down to the floor yelling for Officer Cote at the same time. At this point, the man was not responsive. Officer Cote called dispatch to send MEDCU. During this time, the man started convulsing – his head banging on the floor. Officer Cote and Mike put a coat under his head. The man then stopped breathing and his face began turning purple. Officer Cote contacted dispatch again to relay the urgency and asked Mike to get the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and then began CPR.

Another officer arrived within three minutes of the dispatch and took over CPR. Mike arrived with the AED and Officer Cote began preparations to use it, but MEDCU arrived and took over for Officer Cote.

The gentleman “coded” several times before they were able to revive him and stabilize him enough to transport him to the hospital.

One month later, Officer Cote received a phone call from this very same gentleman who wanted to thank him and Mike Madison personally and express his sincere gratitude for what they did.

Photo Caption: Pictured (from left) are Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker; PHS Head Custodian Mike Madison; School Resource Officer David Cote; and School Board Chair Marnie Morrione.