At 5:39 a.m. on the morning of Jan. 28, Wendell police Sgt. Jamie Gill and Officer Justin Loy responded to a medical call in the 200 block of North Main Street.
Arriving within one minute of being dispatched by Wake County 911, Gill and Loy found a 75-year-old man lying on his bed, unresponsive and lacking a pulse.
The two officers lowered him to the floor and immediately began CPR until the fire department and EMS arrived.
During the board of commissioners’ May 26 meeting, the town awarded the Gill and Loy with the Wendell Police Department Lifesaving Award.
According to town reports, EMS utilized advanced cardiac methods for 40 minutes and the man began breathing on his own and recovered a pulse.
He was then transferred to WakeMed and has since made a full recovery.
“We really appreciate the opportunity to use the training that the town gave us and provide that service to the citizens the same way that we would want our families taken care of in the middle of an emergency like that,” Loy said, adding that the event was his first resuscitation.
Gill said he has assisted EMS several other times.
“It always feels great ... whenever you’re working on someone who’s pretty much passed away, just that moment when they come back, it’s a wonderful experience,” he said.
Within the department, awards are distributed by a peer committee, who votes to recommend them to Chief Bill Carter. The lifesaving award is offered if the officer is either directly responsible for saving a life or his actions lead to a victim making a full recovery.
The committee voted unanimously to award the certificate.
At the meeting, Carter called them “two of Wendell’s finest” and presented the officers with a lifesaving award certificate and a flagship pin to wear on their uniform.
Mayor Tim Hinnant thanked the officers for their actions.
“I can think of no higher calling than to be able to say that you can actually impacted saving someone’s life and impacting their entire family like that. I can’t imagine what that was like at the time ... there are no words to describe that,” he said.
“It’s an extra special thing to be recognized by your peers,” Commissioner Ginna Gray said at the end of the meeting. “I think that’s a really neat thing and I hope that they treasure that.”