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March 14, 2014

Peabody officer commended for helping save a life


The call came in to police at 5:38 p.m. for a medical emergency and a man down in full cardiac arrest. When Stark arrived, people were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Silveira.

“Once we verified that he was in cardiac arrest,” Stark said, “I got the defibrillator out and immediately attached it and turned it on. It advised that a shock was advised, and I administered the shock.” Every police cruiser in Peabody comes equipped with a defibrillator, Stark said.

Family and bystanders continued to perform CPR, Stark said. The Fire Department arrived and took over performing CPR. Then paramedics arrived and “initiated their advanced life support skills, and by the time that gentleman was put in the back of the ambulance, he was starting to come to,” Stark said.

Silveira said many people helped save his life: his wife, his neighbor, his son and daughter, emergency personnel and the young salesman.

“I myself, I was out cold,” Silveira said. “I was on my way to meet my maker.”

Silveira’s wife of 37 years, Filomena Silveira, 56, a nurse, was home taking care of one of her grandchildren while her husband was using the snowblower with his son, David Jr.

When the salesman came to the door, she told him to speak with her husband.

“Thirty seconds later, he (the young man) was banging on the door, ‘Your husband is outside,’” she said.

A neighbor, Ann MacDonald, who works as a medical assistant, was performing chest compressions. The Silveiras’ daughter, Melissa Guimaraes, who lives across the street, was performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

After her husband was shocked, “I heard someone say, ‘He’s breathing,’” Filomena Silveira said.

The grandparents of four, ranging in age from 1 to 6, with another on its way in a couple of weeks, are thankful for everyone who helped save Silveira.

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