Hero Public Safety Officer Recognized for Lifesaving Actions

Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino honored a hero Public Safety Officer at the beginning of the April 4th Town Board Meeting for saving the life of a co-worker. The Supervisor presented Officer Matthew Gassert with a Hempstead Town Citation and a Key to the Town in front of the entire Town Board for his heroic actions.

“I am thankful for Officer Gassert’s dedication to his service and his commitment to going above and beyond the call of duty,” said Santino. “Hempstead Town Public Safety Officers embody the very best of public service.”

On March 15th, Officer Gassert responded to an emergency situation in the town hall parking garage. He found a longtime employee, Elizabeth Muller, passed out in the driver’s seat of her car. Immediately responding to the dire situation, Officer Gassert radioed the Public Safety Desk to call for an ambulance while checking her vitals. He found that she was not breathing, nor did she have a pulse. Processing the grave circumstances, Officer Gassert removed her from the vehicle and performed CPR.

Thanks to his efforts, Mrs. Muller began to breathe faintly and her pulse gently returned. Officer Gassert then turned her on her side and she slowly regained consciousness. Officer Gassert’s quick-thinking and level-headed response was critical in saving Mrs. Muller’s life.

“From his time as a lifeguard to his service as a Public Safety Officer, Matthew Gassert has gained valuable lifesaving skills,” said Santino. “We are fortunate that he was ‘on the scene’ to save the life of a fellow employee.”