FENWICK ISLAND – A Fenwick Island police officer was recognized last week for his efforts and professionalism in helping a man who had suffered a cardiac arrest at a resort water park.
In a Fenwick Island Town Council meeting last Friday, Police Chief William Boyden presented Corporal Stephen Lowe with a proclamation and a Lifesaving Medal for his actions in aiding an unresponsive man at the Thunder Lagoon Waterpark.
“This is one of the times where it’s nice to be chief of police because you get to do something nice for one of your officers,” he said.
Earlier this summer, Lowe was dispatched to the water park in the unincorporated portion of town for a report of an unresponsive subject that had been pulled from the pool. Upon arriving, he had found a woman performing CPR on an elderly man who had suffered a cardiac arrest.
Using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from his patrol car, officials said Lowe was able to administer a shock and resuscitate the man before EMS crews arrived on scene.
“Very rarely do we get to use it and have these kind of results,” Boyden said. “When people go into cardiac arrest it usually doesn’t end well. This man is alive today because of this officer.”
Mayor Gene Langan commended Lowe and all officers at the Fenwick Island Police Departments.
“The department always makes us proud,” he said.
“I’m not going to take credit for it …,” he said. “I don’t make the department. The officers do.”
Town officials last Friday also recognized Beach Patrol Captain Tim Ferry for 13 years of service with an award from town staff and a wooden plaque from the Fenwick Island Beach Committee. Ferry will be retiring from his position at the end of the year.
“So often we don’t appreciate something until after it’s gone, and I feel that that may be the case with your leadership,” said Councilwoman Julie Lee. “You brought a sense of professionalism, as well as a humane approach, to everything that you’ve done.”
Town Manager Terry Tieman agreed.
“Thank you very much for your service,” she said.