WESTBROOK, Maine — Officer Phil Robinson of the Westbrook Police Department at first thought there was little hope for a man who lay unconscious in a car outside the police station on Friday morning.
“To me he looked like he was already dead,” he said when reached by phone Saturday.
The man had been driven to the police station by a woman, Robinson said. She told Officer Agustin Rodriguez, who was working construction detail near the police station, that the man was having a medical condition.
Rodriguez alerted his colleagues over the radio that there was a man outside the police station who was not breathing, according to Robinson, who then rushed to the scene with Sgt. Tim Gardner.
The two policemen removed the conscious man from the car and laid him on the ground, then called for an ambulance.
Robinson said he began giving the unconscious man chest compressions, while Gardner gave him breaths to try to revive him.
“I honestly thought it was all for nothing,” recalled Robinson. He said the man’s skin had lost its color and his body was limp. “I thought he was deceased when I arrived to him.”
The Westbrook Fire Department also arrived on the scene, Robinson said.
The two policemen continued to render care for about five minutes before the paramedics arrived and took over.
Robinson said the paramedics were then able to revive the man, finding a pulse and getting him breathing, before they took him to the hospital.
“It was a team effort,” Capt. Jerry Provencher of the Westbrook Fire Department said.
“The officer started CPR immediately,” he added. “That’s important.”
Robinson said though he thought the man was dead, he and the other responders wanted to give him a chance.
“So we gave it a shot, and we won,” he said.
Robinson said early Saturday afternoon that the last he had heard, the man as still alive, though his condition could not be released.