Update at 4 p.m. — According to more information being released about the incident, Brooktondale firefighters assisted the Tompkins County deputy with lifesaving CPR while Slaterville Ambulance ensured the patient safely made it to the hospital.
Tompkins County 911 dispatchers are also being credited with instructing the man’s wife in how to perform CPR for more than five minutes before first responders arrived.
CAROLINE, N.Y. — A Tompkins County deputy and Slaterville firefighters are being credited with saving a man’s life using CPR, officials said.
Deputy Matthew Skeval was called to a home at 7:16 p.m. Monday at Middaugh Road in the Town of Caroline. When he arrived, he found a 62-year-old male outside the home unconscious and not breathing.
Skeval directed a family member to perform CPR on the man while he applied an automated external defibrillator — a life saving device used during cardiac arrest.
The Slaterville Volunteer Fire Department arrived within a few minutes and helped Skeval perform CPR until the man appeared to be breathing on his own.
Officials transported the man to Cayuga Medical Center in a Slaterville Ambulance for further medical treatment.