On June 20, 2015 at 9:28 a.m., William Chizmadia and Cheryl Mingione were participating in a 5K charity run when they witnessed another runner fall in the roadway on Treat Lane a short distance ahead. Multiple 911 callers reported that the 68-year-old male had fallen and suffered a cut on his head.
The male was found to be in cardiac arrest and Mr. Chizmadia and Mrs. Mingione began performing CPR on him with Mr. Chizmadia administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and Mrs. Mingione performing chest compressions.
Lieutenant Max Martins, who was working extra duty at the race, heard officers of this Department being dispatched to the medical emergency
They continued performing CPR until Lt. Martins arrived and delivered an electrical shock to his heart with an automated external defibrillator (AED) after which, the man regained a pulse and began breathing again prior to the arrival of other responding officers and the paramedic.
He was transported to Yale-New Haven Hospital where he regained consciousness and was talking with medical personnel shortly thereafter.
William Chizmadia and Cheryl Mingione acted quickly and rendered life-saving assistance to a stranger in distress.
The Board of Police Commissioners recognized their diligence and willingness to get involved.
Lieutenant Martins’ professional conduct and the application of his medical training directly resulted in the successful resuscitation of a patient.
The Board of Police Commissioners recognized Lieutenant Martins’ diligence and dedication to duty.
This Lifesaving Award shall become a permanent part of his personnel file.