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Judge, deputies credited with saving man who collapsed in Montrose court

the Associated Press
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) ” A judge and two deputies were credited with saving the life of a man who screamed in pain and collapsed in a Montrose County courtroom, summoning help and doing chest compressions on the man until rescuers arrived.

The 50-year-old man, whose name wasn’t released, apparently suffered a seizure in County Judge John Mitchel’s courtroom on Tuesday, authorities said. He was treated at a hospital and later released, officials said.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the man was a spectator or was involved in a court case.

Mitchel said he heard “a horrendous, painful scream from the back of the courtroom,” looked up and saw a man in terrible pain.

“I remember yelling: ‘He’s having a seizure,’ and I ran down to him.”

Mitchel and Deputies David Harrison and Don Bertorello, who were providing courthouse security, rushed to the man’s side, trying to calm him.

The seizure seemed to subside, but the man’s eyes rolled back in his head and he quit breathing, Mitchel said. Bertorello went to summon help and Harrison began doing chest compressions, but the man exhaled “like it was his last breath,” Mitchel said.

“I said, ‘Oh my God, I think we’ve lost him,”‘ Mitchel said, but he told Harrison to keep doing chest compressions until medical help arrived.

“All of a sudden there was a pulse,” Mitchel said. “It was a good, steady pulse, and he started breathing.”

Sheriff Rick Dunlap said the three “went above and beyond” in helping the man.

“In this case, in my mind, they saved somebody’s life,” Dunlap said.

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