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For Immediate Release
October 14, 2016
For more information contact:
Lieutenant Christopher Vetter

Medical Call, Wal-Mart, Epping

On Friday October 14, 2016 at 3:30 pm, Trooper Christopher Prenaveau was off duty and was exiting the Walmart in Epping NH. As he did so, he noticed a crowd gathered and that there appeared to be a male subject on the ground in some sort of distress. As he approached, Trooper Prenaveau learned that the male was lying unconscious, was not breathing and had no pulse. Trooper Prenaveau identified himself as a NH State Trooper and learned there was a witness to the incident on the phone with 911 receiving CPR instruction from the 911 operator. Without hesitation, Trooper Prenaveau began CPR on the victim and instructed the witness to continue speaking with 911, providing information. Moments later, the Epping Police Department arrived on scene to assist Trooper Prenaveau. Epping Police Officer Donald Ross retrieved the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) from his cruiser and together he and Trooper Prenaveau utilized this instrument as they had been trained. Through the use of the AED and the continued administration of CPR, Trooper Prenaveau and Officer Ross were able to regain a pulse. The victim was transported to the Exeter Hospital by the Epping Fire and Ambulance, where he was treated for what was termed a "massive heart attack". As of Sunday, October 16th, the victim, whose identity is not being revealed, was still a patient at the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery.

Trooper Prenaveau had just weeks ago attended in-service training sponsored by the NH Fire Academy in "First Aid", which included up to date CPR training.

Lieutenant Christopher Vetter, Commander of State Police Troop-A, and Epping Police Chief Michael Wallace are pleased to recognize their trooper and officer, respectively, while also recognizing the witness that called 911 initially and the 911 operator, who provided CPR instruction to the caller prior to Trooper Prenaveau arriving. Each of these individuals played an integral role in what was ultimately a successful attempt to save this victim's life.

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