Fairmont State police chief recognized for life-saving decision

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — Fairmont State University Chief of Police Matt Swain was recently recognized for his life-saving efforts.

The Marion County Rescue Squad honored Swain at its annual Night of Recognition.

Fairmont State University Chief of Police Matt Swain, center, was recognized by the Marion County Rescue Squad.

Swain administered CPR during a campus incident back in the spring, according to Marion County Rescue Squad administrator Michael Angelucci.

“There was a 911 call that came in and campus police were dispatched. He was the first on scene, was able to access the vehicle and pull the guy out to begin CPR,” Angelucci said. “If it wasn’t for Swain’s immediate reaction, the man would have died.”

Angelucci said Swain could have easily waited for the paramedics but he chose to get involved.

“He got into the mode of a life saver and that’s pretty remarkable,” Angelucci said. “It’s just amazing what he did.”

Swain also received the praise of Fairmont State University President Mirta Martin.

“Though the Fairmont State University police officers do great things all the time, I’m especially grateful for Chief Swain’s decisive, caring actions. He had mere seconds to make a life-saving decision; his actions that day far exceeded the call of duty,” Martin said. “Matt perfectly exemplifies our quick-thinking, highly-trained, dedicated and caring police force.”


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