Police save fellow officer’s life in locker room


TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Three police officers are credited for saving the life of one of their own.

Town of Tonawanda Police are recognizing the officers Thursday, after an incident that happened in the locker room of the police station on June 16th.

Officer Kevin Zuchlewski, 44, suffered sudden cardiac arrest after exercising in the department gym, according to police. He lost consciousness while in a part of the locker room that is off the beaten path.

Officer Kevin Zuchlewski

Officer Ryan Taber heard Zuchlewski’s labored breathing and found him in the back of the locker room. Taber called for assistance and Captain Frank McNamara and Detective Thomas Oswald ran over to help.

Officers couldn’t find a pulse and began chest compressions, before administering an AED. Paramedics and an ambulance then arrived on the scene.

Zuchlewski underwent a quintuple bypass surgery and is recovering well. He wants to recognize the officers who saved him.

Zuchlewski is a husband and father of two. He is a 14-year veteran of the force.

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