ORLEANS COUNTY — On November 3, 2020, New York State Trooper Scott Gregson was handling an incident in the Security Office of the Walmart Super Center in Albion, N.Y. Trooper Gregson was in the process of conducting interviews when a 77 year old male slowly sat down, leaned over face first and grabbed his chest.
Trooper Gregson contacted the Sheriffs Dispatch Center for an ambulance. Orleans County Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Colonna arrived on scene. The male subject had become unresponsive and was not breathing. Trooper Gregson and Sheriff’s Inv. Colonna began chest compressions and connected an A.E.D. (Automated external defibrillator) a shock was given and shortly thereafter the victim began breathing and had a faint pulse.
Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance (COVA) arrived and took over the medical assistance to the victim. The victim was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
In November, Sheriff Christopher M. Bourke presented Trooper Gregson and Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Colonna with the Sheriff’s “LifeSaver” award.
On November 16th, 2020, At the December Legislature meeting, The Orleans County Legislature acknowledged the great work of these two Law enforcement Officers and read into the record the details surrounding the LifeSaver Award from the Sheriff.
The quick decisive actions of Trooper Gregson and Sheriff’s Investigator Kevin Colonna on November 3rd, 2020, without doubt, saved the life of another human being. The seamless coordination and quick response by these Law Enforcement officers serves to exemplify the great working relationship that exists between the New York State Police and the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office.