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.