Sheriff's School Resource Officer Credited With Saving Student's Life

Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that Deputy Sheriff A. J. Pizzuto Jr., the School Resource Officer at Brewster High School, is credited for assisting in saving the life of a high school student.

At about 8:15 AM on February 16, 2012, Deputy Pizzuto was summoned to the school nurse’s office to assist nurses in rendering aid to a student in respiratory crisis. Deputy Pizzuto, a New York State Certified First Responder trained in rendering emergency first aid, ran to his patrol car, grabbed his oxygen unit and returned to administer oxygen to the young man until arrival of the Brewster Fire Department ambulance. The youngster was transported to Putnam Hospital Center for further care.

Describing the incident as “a life threatening situation, ” the school nursing staff commended Deputy Pizzuto saying, “Once the oxygen was administered, the student’s condition improved. We must say, his response time truly made a difference. “

Sheriff Smith cited the value of the School Resource Officer program offered by the Sheriff’s Office. “The School Resource Officer program is invaluable to the school community it serves. Our School Resource Officers are highly trained police officers that are prepared for any emergency. I am extremely proud of Deputy Pizzuto’s immediate action in assisting the medical staff of Brewster High School. The actions of Deputy Pizzuto and school nurses, Ms. Shirley Ciotola and Ms. Ellen Quinn, may have averted a tragedy whereby a young man’s life was spared, ” said Sheriff Smith.