A North Shore Police officer is lucky to be alive after suffering a heart attack at the wheel of his patrol car last week. It is believed that Constable Damien Albert was driving in Mairangi Bay during peak hour traffic when the heart attack occurred, causing him to slump forward and plant his foot upon the accelerator. His patrol car accelerated forward and crashed through a wall into a series of trees at the front yard of a house.
It was believed that Albert’s colleagues were the first people on the scene, who immediately began performing CPR even though he was virtually unresponsive. After performing CPR for almost half and hour, St Johns Ambulance staff arrived and assisted in transferring Mr Albert to hospital in a critical condition.
Whilst obviously shaken, Mr Albert is up walking and talking and is expected to make a full recovery. However a pacemaker, which is a device that controls abnormal heart rhythms, may need to be inserted within his chest.
It is a miracle that Mr Albert survived the ordeal. The ironic fact is that it is usually his police actions that save individuals, but in this instance it was the actions of his police colleagues that saved his life.