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Westtown-East Goshen police save man’s life, receive awards
By Adam Farence, Daily Local News

A family tradition on a late June day would have had a tragic conclusion, if it weren’t for the efforts of two local police officers and ordinary citizens.

Patrolman David Hale, and Patrolman Edmund “Ted” Lewis, two officers with the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department, were credited with saving the life of Peter Seelaus, 54, after he suffered a heart attack while playing soccer with his family and friends at the Thornbury Soccer Park on June 26.

“‘My goal is not to have the Schlentz score,’” Seelaus said, recalling his last words while playing against members of the Schlentz family, before collapsing from a heart attack on the soccer field.

Seelaus said that after he collapsed, everyone else sprang into action. Brendan Grady, one of the soccer players present, said he started chest compressions after Seelaus fell to ground. Others started giving CPR to Seelaus.

“I’m just glad I was there,” Grady said. “I was just doing my job.”

Grady said he is a student at Temple University and an ROTC cadet.

Seelaus said less than two minutes from the original call he already started receiving shocks from an AED (automated external defibrillator) and from there, paramedics took him to the Chester County Hospital.

“What’s more to say? I owe my life to the guys,” he said after the meeting. Thanks to them, he said he felt like he “cheated death.”

Hale and Lewis were formally recognized at the Sept. 20 Thornbury Board of Supervisors meeting, where Seelaus and his family presented the officers with awards for their actions and held up signs thanking the police.

“To be able to get together and meet all the family is a pleasure,” Lewis said. “Knowing one thing you do affects so many lives is rewarding.”

Lewis has served with the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department since 2001. Hale has been with the department since 2012.

Hale said Seelaus’ wife called him several days later and told him her husband would live.

“That was a pretty cool phone call to get,” he said.

To contact Daily Local News staff writer Adam Farence, email, or call 610-235-2647.

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