W.Yarmouth man thanks police officers who saved his life

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YARMOUTH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A man who suffered a heart attack on Aug. 6 visited the Yarmouth Police Department Thursday to thank the men who saved his life.

Yarmouth police were called to Joseph Boland's home just after 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 by his wife. They say they arrived to the West Yarmouth home to find Susan Boland administering chest compressions on her husband who was unresponsive, not breathing, and didn't have a pulse.

Officer Brian Niezgoda hooked up an automated external defibrillator from his cruise to Boland administered one shock. Officer Rick Aprea arrived to the scene and both officers administered CPR and provided two more shocks to Boland.

Boland was transported to Cape Cod Hospital where he made a full recovery. He stopped by the police department to express his gratitude to Aprea and Niezgoda. Hyannis fire crews and HFD Ambulance also helped in saving the West Yarmouth man.

The police department also expressed their gratitude to their officers. Aprea and Niezgoda were awarded with the Yarmouth Police Department Lifesaving Award on Aug. 9.