Quick Thinking Deputy Saves a Hollywood Man

April 8, 2008

Quick Thinking Deputy Saves a Hollywood Man

Deputy Richard Corrao talks to local news crews outside Florida Medical Center after Corrao, three other deputies and an off-duty Hallandale Beach Police major resuscitated a 50-year-old Hollywood man that apparently suffered a heart attack during a traffic crash on the Tamarac/Lauderhill border on the morning of April 8th. Corrao was with trainee Derrick Owens when they came upon the minor crash. When they approached the driver of one of the vehicles, Corrao said “He didn’t look good, he was gasping for air, then collapsed. He was blue from the neck up.”  Dep. Owens got the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from their patrol car while Corrao and Hallandale Beach Police Maj. Dwayne Flourney, who also witnessed the incident, began Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Two other BSO deputies, Vincent Ciacciarelli who was in the area and Sgt. Glenn Topping, working a detail nearby quickly responded and assisted with the resuscitation efforts. Corrao also added that “When I saw the man take a breath and his color came back, it was the greatest experience in my 20 years of law enforcement.”

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue maintains over 700 AED’s placed throughout the county in patrol cars, public schools, parks, courthouses, libraries, Ft. Laud. – Hollywood Int’l Airport and at Port Everglades.

In the photo L to R: Dep. Corrao, Dep. Ciacciarelli (holding the AED) and Dep. Owens.

Photo Credit: Mike Jachles/Broward Sheriff’s Office

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