Officer saves man’s life while investigating damaged mailboxes

Officer saves man’s life while investigating damaged mailboxes
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A Madison police officer will be nominated for a departmental award after she saved a man’s life while investigating damage to several west side mailboxes, police said.

Police said the officer was investigating three mailboxes that were hit by a car Monday on the city’s far west side. Neighbors told the officer that the driver lived nearby and told them that he was on a new medication that made him sleepy and that he planned to pay to replace the mailboxes.

The officer went to the man’s home, rang the doorbell and got no response, police said. She looked through a window and saw the 28-year-old man lying on the floor with his eyes closed and his chest rising abnormally high.

Police said the officer broke a window to unlock the door, went inside and found that the man had no pulse. She started to perform chest compressions until his pulse returned, and continued until paramedics arrived.

Police said the officer likely saved the man’s life.