PEPPERELL - A police officer is being credited with saving a man's life following a car accident on Groton Street.
Officer Fabirizio Vestri was the first to arrive at Kemp's Service Station after receiving reports of a vehicle colliding into a building with its driver unresponsive and slumped over the steering wheel around 4 p.m. Tuesday, police said in a statement.
Aided by an employee of Pepperell Beverage, Vestri performed CPR and used his automatic external defibrillator to shock the victim's heart, saving his life, police said.
"So much of these situations are about timing. Oddly enough, our officers, including Officer Vestri had just made an arrest on the other end of town a few minutes prior to this medical call. If this medical emergency had happened a few minutes earlier, the officers might have been tied up making the arrest," Chief David Scott said in a press release. "Luckily, Officer Vestri was driving toward the area and was in the right place at the right time to make a difference.
The victim, a Pepperell man, was taken to Nashoba Valley Hospital, where he is reported to be doing well. His niece contacted Scott on Tuesday, asking him to thank Vestri for saving her uncle's life, the release said.