The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce saluted the men and women of the Cornelius Police Department last week at the 12th Annual Public Safety Luncheon and recognizedas the Cornelius Officer of the Year. Mayor Chuck Travis joined Cornelius Police Chief Bence Hoyle, Chamber Board Chair Jay Lesemann, and Chamber President Bill Russell in the presentation.
Chief Bence Hoyle, writing about the actions of Officer McGahan, wrote:
On Sunday March 12th, at around 2038 hours, Officer Bryan McGahan was dispatched to the Bailey Road Soccer Field in reference to an unconscious male soccer player. Officer McGahan was quick to respond and when arriving on the scene he found four bystanders performing CPR on the downed soccer player.
The soccer player, who had stopped breathing, was unresponsive and in full cardiac arrest. Officer McGahan immediately went into action deploying his AED to assist in the fight to save the soccer players life. Officer McGahan?s AED administered multiple shocks to the victim.
As a result of Officer McGahan?s actions, James Dunworth was revived and has since made a full recovery. Days later, Sergeant Figaro went to Mr. Dunworth?s home. Mr. Dunworth explained his cardiologist had told him about this incident as he had no recollection.
He stated that his heart had stopped that night on the field and the only reason he was standing there talking with Sergeant Figaro, his wife and their two small children, was because of Officer McGahans quick response and utilization of the AED. Mr. Dunworth quoted his cardiologist stating, ?You were in the right place, with the right people, at the right time.?
There is no question that based on the quick response and immediate life-saving measures performed by Officer McGahan on the night of March 12th, saved Mr. Dunworth?s life. His heroic actions reflect the highest of standard of conduct for a law enforcement officer.
The Lake Norman Chamber, and our nearly 1,000 business members, congratulate Cornelius Police Officer Bryan McGahan as the Cornelius Officer of the Year.
The program was Presented by Wells Fargo Bank. Sponsors included Lake Norman Publications - The Herald Weekly, WSIC 100.7 FM, and Central Piedmont Community College - Merancas Campus.
Photo courtesy of John McHugh / Ocaid Photography.