First responders honored for medical response
NEW CANAAN — In the early morning hours of June 16, New Canaanite Kenneth Cogswell had a heart episode and was rendered unconscious.
Family members immediately sprung into action and New Canaan Police and the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded around 3:30 a.m. When police and medics arrived, Cogswell had no pulse. Using a combination of CPR and an AED defibrillator, first responders were able to revive him after several minutes.
These first responders were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the New Canaan Police Department on Oct. 25. Among the New Canaan officers acknowledged were Sgt. Aaron LaTourette, Officer Kelly Coughlin, Officer William Sheehan and Officer Michael O’Sullivan. They were given a medical service award from the department.
“True to your calling, you saved a life and ensured a father can be here for his family,” said New Canaan Police Chief Leon Krolikowski.
“There’s no greater reward,” added LaTourette after the ceremony. “It’s why we do what we do.”
Cogswell and his family were present at the event. The visibly moved New Canaan man said he can’t remember what happened.
“But I’m here,” he added.
Coughlin, who was also honored for reviving a patient with Narcan in a separate incident, said the officers participate in medical training at the police academy, as well as updated yearly training to be prepared to respond to incidents like this.
“You got to keep on top of it,” she said. “You never know when you have to use it.”
Also honored at the ceremony was Capt. Andrew Walsh and the recently promoted Sgt. Scott Romano.