Local Police Officer Saves Man's Life


By Andrew Reed

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) A Jerome Police Officer is being called a hero.

This, after an incident at the Jerome Wal-Mart where a man needed medical assistance.

Sergeant Dennis Clark was at the right place at the right time.

"It does feel great to put your training to use and to change someone's live for the better” said Sgt. Dennis Clark, Jerome Police Department.

It was just like any other normal day for sergeant Dennis Clark responding to calls and conducting traffic stops.

However, one call changed everything.

"I was just on a regular patrol and shortly after 3:15pm law enforcement was dispatched to Wal-Mart. Dispatch information indicated that a man was laying in a pool of blood and unresponsive” said Clark.

When Sergeant Clark arrived to the scene, he saw a 70-year-old man with no pulse.

He then took his training into action and performed CPR.

"We receive annual CPR training and that's what was used in this situation,” said Clark.

The incident that occurred at Wal-mart was a group effort and involved many people.

"From the lady who called 911, to our dispatchers, to me being lucky and being around the corner and our fire department and paramedics” said Clark.

Sergeant Clark recently spoke with the victim who is very thankful.

"He was very thankful and very appreciative. I talked with his family last week and informed me that he is a priest in Jerome for 20 years,” said Clark.

An officer just doing his daily job and saving lives while doing it.

The Monastery of the Ascension church in Jerome,tells us the priest is a member of the church and is recovering in the hospital.

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