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Officer Matthew Stark Commended for Saving Man’s Life

Peabody Police Chief Robert M. St. Pierre wrote a letter of commendation praising Stark’s work.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

Peabody Police Chief Robert M. St. Pierre wrote a formal letter of commendation this week praising the life-saving actions of Officer Matthew Stark.

Stark responded to a 911 call in which a man was in full cardiac arrest on Feb. 18.

St. Pierre wrote:

“Officer Stark assessed the victim (David Silveira) who was in full cardiac and respiratory arrest. Officer Stark attached his AED (Automatic External Defibrillator); a shock was advised and delivered. CPR was continued until the ambulance crew arrived to take over. When Mr. Silveira was being placed into the ambulance, he had begun to regain conciousness.

“Officer Stark’s calm demeanor under pressure helped save Mr. Silveira’s life. There is not a greater service one can perform than to save another person’s life. Officer Stark is to be commended for his efforts, and professionalism, as his actions are in keeping with the highest standards of the Peabody Police Department.

“I wish to officially commend Officer Matthew Stark for his Attention to Duty and Devotion to Duty. Officer Stark shall receive one day compensatory time, and a copy of this Letter of Commendation shall be permanently placed in his personnel file,” wrote St. Pierre. 

Filomena Silveira March 13, 2014 at 07:25 PM
What a great officer he is. If it wasn't for him, my husband wouldn't be here right now. I was hysterical but he kept calm. Officer Stark is a true hero. I don't know how to thank him. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
Don Hammond March 14, 2014 at 08:49 AM
Matt is top shelf. Great news!
Rick Bettencourt March 14, 2014 at 10:18 AM
Congratulations Officer Stark! You've done something that echos among some of the highest achievements.....you saved a life! It's great to see a Chief taking pride in his Police Officers and publicly praising them for the work they do.

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