On Wednesday April 26, 2017 while on vacation in Ireland, Officers Matthew Thomas and Matthew Gilhooley were visiting PF McCarthy’s Pub in Kenmare when a 71 year-old man suddenly fell from his chair, collapsing on the floor next to them. Both men, who are Certified First Responders, immediately went into action. Together they worked to resuscitate the man for fifteen straight minutes before local authorities arrived, saving his life. Legislator Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) recently recognized Officer Thomas, who is also a volunteer with the Manorville Fire Department, with a proclamation to thank him for his life saving actions.
Due to the training they received in the Port Authority Police Academy they recognized the man was in cardiac arrest. Officer Matthew Thomas has been a member of the Port Authority Police Department for four years and an active member of the Manorville Fire Department since July 11, 2005. While serving as a volunteer fireman he has held the position of Captain Company 3 and Lieutenant Company 3. Thanks to his quick thinking a man is alive today.
“Suffolk County respects and admires Officer Matthew Thomas for his dedication and bravery, which exemplifies the very best of the Port Authority’s law enforcement officers and Manorville Fire Department volunteer firemen,” stated Legislator Browning. “By taking the initiative and using his years of training, he was able to save the life of a complete stranger. It was my privilege to honor him.”