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Video: Officers Save Collapsed Bagpiper at Police Week Ceremony

May 15, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Officers Save Collapsed Bagpiper at Police Week Ceremony

Two officers attending a Police Week ceremony in Washington Wednesday night helped save the life of a police bagpiper who collapsed from a heart attack during the Emerald Society March.

St. Louis County Officer Gary Robertson and Orlando Police Lt. Douglas Goerke rushed to help Lito Lemus, 63, of Schererville, Ind., until an ambulance arrived. Several other officers also helped, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Robertson told D.C.-area reporters he had just given Lemus a bottle of water when Lemus collapsed. He said he and Goerke realized the bagpiper was in cardiac arrest. Robertson said he felt for Lemus' pulse and found none, and immediately began chest compressions. Goerke said he and Robertson worked together to help Lemus even though they didn't know each other.

"With all the medical training we do, we go by national standards," Goerke told NBC's WRC-TV in Washington. "When we look, I can see what he's doing and know exactly where he is, when I move somewhere else I know exactly what I'm going to be doing, so it's a seamless transition." CPR and an automated defibrillator were used on the man.

Orlando Police Department motor units, who also participated in the activities, escorted the ambulance to the hospital, according to WKMG TV  in Orlando.

Lemus was rushed into surgery. He was awake and responsive Wednesday night and is expected to recover.

Tags: National Police Week, Orlando PD, St. Louis County (Mo.) PD, Heart Attack, Emerald Society


Comments (6)

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westcoastleo @ 5/15/2014 3:21 PM

Fine job to you guys... This should go to show you negative cop hating people who pop into this chat room from time to time, that "All" cops dont hate people and just want to shoot and beat men and women for no reason. The statement of "ALL COPS just want to shoot and kill people, drive fast, steal money, beat old people and blacks, browns, yellows etc..." Is a racest statement in my book and ALL cops and law enforcement should not be thrown into the pile.
Again,,, Fine job done with the rescue...

Ima Leprechaun @ 5/15/2014 8:30 PM

Lito, I'm pulling for you! You have my prayers brother!

Troop @ 5/16/2014 2:50 AM

Good work boys.

TheRookie @ 5/16/2014 3:19 AM

Get Well Soon Lake County S.O. Bagpiper Lemus. Excellent job Officers. What it's all about. Keep up The Good vs The Bad.

Donald Green @ 5/16/2014 5:14 AM

Great job by Officer Robertson and Lt. Goerke! The Clan Leatherneck Society sends prayers and best wishes for a full recovery to Lito Lemus!

Nightstalker @ 5/16/2014 12:46 PM

Hey westcoastleo- Did you ever hear of FREEDOM OF SPEECH as this is the U.S.A.??????

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