Rockland officer, two others honored for saving life
Rockland — Rockland Police Officer William Smith and a father and son were honored for their roles in saving a man who suffered a heart attack.
Smith and Edward Colson Jr. of South Thomaston were awarded the Life Saving Awardby the Maine Chiefs of Police Association at the organization's annual awards banquet Feb. 3 in South Portland. Brandon Colson was recognized by the Rockland department Feb. 10 for his actions Jan. 16, 2016, in Rockland.
The Maine Chiefs of Police Association Life Saving Award is presented to any person who takes an action that results in the saving of a human life. The life of the person saved must have been in peril and immediate jeopardy.
This annual banquet held by the association recognizes those individuals around the state who have gone beyond what is expected in such a manner as to bring distinguished recognition to their profession or the community they represent. Or for an act or deed that exemplifies bravery and/or sacrifice above and beyond what is normal to promote the quality of life in our society.
On Jan. 16, 2016, Edward Colson Jr. and his son, Brandon, both of South Thomaston, were traveling through the intersection of Park and Main streets in Rockland. They were alerted by a woman on the side of the street, standing over a man, lying prone on the sidewalk. Edward stopped the vehicle and Brandon Colson got out of the vehicle and ran to the man. The man was unconscious and not breathing. At this time, the Colsons began administering cardio-pulmonary resuscitation to the unconscious man.
Knox County Regional Communications dispatched Smith to the scene. When he arrived, Smith observed a man (later identified as Daniel Allen) on the ground, unresponsive, receiving CPR from Edward Colson. Smith made sure that CPR was being administered correctly in order to ensure that Allen would have the best chance of survival. Upon the arrival of Rockland Emergency Medical Services,Smith continued performing CPR with Edward Colson until EMS was able to use a defibrillator to get Allen's heart beating.
All actions taken by the Colsons and Smith were the proper response to this situation and were instrumental in reviving Allen.