Two West York Police officers are being credited with saving the life of a man who suffered a cardiac event at work earlier this month.

Sgt.Bradley Thomas and Patrolman Michael Mendez were on duty on Jan. 8 when they were dispatched to the Vikings Athletic Association, 318 N. Adams St., for a report of an 56-year-old employee who had suffered from cardiac arrest, according to the police department.

The officers arrived within two minutes of being dispatched and found the West York man, whose name was not released, not breathing and without a pulse, said Chief Justin Seibel.

Thomas and Mendez started to perform CPR and used a portable defibrillator that's owned by the social club until medics arrived, police said.

After the officers administrated four cardiac shocks using the defibrillator before medics arrived, the man began to breathe, and the officers detected a pulse, police said.

Arriving medics took over treating the man and transported him to York Hospital. As of Monday, he remained at the hospital, and his condition was improving, Seibel said.

Each West York Police patrol car is equipped with a defibrillator, and officers are trained yearly on how to use them. They used the club's device because it was more easily accessible.

Seibel said this was the first time he can recall that officers saved a person's life using a defibrillator.

No one at the Viking's Athletic Association could be reached for comment on Monday.

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