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Off-duty officer attends to hockey player, 76

Officer Michel HoganOfficer Michel Hogan when he is on duty.

An off-duty Arlington officer aided a 76-year-old man after the man went into cardiac arrest at the town skating rink.

About 10:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, police were dispatched to the Ed Burns Arena following the report of an unresponsive male.

On arrival, a police news release said, an officer discovered a male hockey player lying on the ice receiving medical treatment from Officer Michael Hogan, who was off-duty at the time. 

Hogan, known for working with police dog Dasty, stated that while he was skating in a men's league hockey game, a teammate collapsed on the ice.

He recognized that the man was in cardiac arrest and not breathing. As the only person at the rink who knew how to administer CPR, he immediately began performing the life-sustaining measures.

While Hogan was administering CPR, another individual called 911, while a third individual grabbed an automated external defibrillators from the lobby of the Summer Street rink to give to Hogan.

Hogan continued rendering aid to the man until the Arlington Fire Department arrived and transported the stricken man to the Lahey Hospital and Medical Center.

The man is recovering at a local hospital.

"I commend the fast thinking and diligent work of Officer Hogan," Chief Fred Ryan said in the release. "Without his quick actions, this man may not have survived."


This report was published Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

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