Off-duty trooper, police officer resuscitate man outside New Hampshire Walmart

The man is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a "massive heart attack."

An off-duty trooper and a police officer resuscitated a man suffering from a “massive heart attack” outside a Walmart Friday in Epping, New Hampshire.

Around 3:30 p.m. Friday, trooper Christopher Prenaveau was exiting the Walmart when he observed a crowd gathered and a man on the ground who seemed to be in some sort of distress, New Hampshire State Police said in a statement.

Prenaveau discovered the man was lying unconscious, was not breathing, and had no pulse. State police said a witness to the incident was on the phone with 911 receiving CPR instructions.

The trooper began CPR on the man, whose identity will not be released, and told the witness to continue providing information to the 911 operator, according to the statement. Epping police then arrived to assist Prenaveau.


Officer Donald Ross took the automated external defibrillator (AED) out of his cruiser and he and Prenaveau used it on the man. They managed to regain a pulse by using the AED and administering CPR, state police said.

The man was taken to Exeter Hospital, where he was treated for a “massive heart attack,” according to the statement. He was still at the hospital as of Sunday but is expected to make a full recovery.

State police said Prenaveau had only received “First Aid” training, including CPR, a few weeks ago.

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