Marshfield: Police officer commended for following intuition on traffic stop, saving man’s life

An intuitive feeling on the part of a police officer about an erratic driver ended up saving the man’s life in Marshfield–and Monday night officials honored the officers for their quick thinking.

Marshfield selectmen commended Marshfield Police Captain Phil Tavares for his actions.

“Captain Tavares went to a call–someone had blown past a construction site, a special detail, and so they pulled the car over,” said Selectwoman Patrica Reilly.

Captain Tavares started speaking with the man, who at first glance appeared to be intoxicated. Capt. Tavares then called the man’s family and was told the man did not have any known medical conditions. Still, feeling something wasn’t right, Tavares called for an ambulance.

And that feeling turned out to be a life-saver. They found the man had sky-high blood pressure, severe bleeding on the brain, and had just suffered a massive stroke. If the man had been arrested, officials speculate he would have died within minutes at the police station.

Reilly said there were nine commendations given in all at the meeting, for a range of heroic acts.

“There was Officer Timothy Kelley, Officer Robert Reidy, Officer Micheal Mckinnon, Officer Keith Hanson, Officer William Meech, Sgt. Paul Cantanoso, Detective Kevin Morris, Officer Michael Marino, as well as Captain Phil Tavares,” said Reilly.

In a show of thanks, the man whose life was saved also came to the meeting.

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