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For Immediate Release:
November 29, 2016

Media Contact:
Det. Alvaro Zabaleta

Officers Receive Lifesaving Award From Survivor

C.P.R. and Automatic External Defibrillator Saves A Life


The Miami-Dade Police Department will be hosting a Lifesaving Award presentation being held at Miami International Airport (MIA), Terminal J.  On October 5, 2016 at 5:35 p.m. in the TSA line, a middle aged male collapsed while waiting in line. The male was later identified as Mr. Jozef Alhale.  Major Raymond Melcon and Sergeant Humberto Perez were patrolling Terminal J area of MIA when they were summoned by a Swissport employee.  They immediately responded to the area and Major Melcon updated the dispatcher about the life threatening situation and they then provided emergency medical care.  Upon the initial assessment, it was determined that Mr. Joe Alhale did not have a pulse.  Officer Raymond Rosario retrieved his Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and arrived within seconds.  Officer Marc Allen heard the emergency situation on the radio and also responded with the Ambulatory Bag.  While Officer Rosario prepared the AED, Sgt. Perez and Officer Allen continued performing CPR.  The AED advised that Mr. Alhale’s heart rhythm was in need of defibrillation.  Sgt. Perez and Ofc. Allen discontinued CPR and the AED delivered a shock.  Subsequent to the shock, CPR was continued.  Upon paramedic’s arrival, an assessment was performed and it was determined that the patient had regained a pulse and was breathing on his own.  The rescuers worked together and were relentless in their pursuit to save Mr. Alhale’s life.  The officers have been selected as Officers of the Month for the month of December and Mr. Alhale would like to present to personally present the officers with the Lifesaving Award.


On Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 6:48 a.m. there was a second incident involving a cardiac arrest.  Officer Orbe Collazo was dispatched to the Duty Free Shop located at Concourse D Terminal, Gate D-17 at the Miami International Airport regarding a male “having seizures.” Upon Officer Collazo’s arrival, a passenger, later identified as Calvin Stucket, who was also an off-duty paramedic, was giving Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to a male passenger on the floor in the store. Mr. Stucket advised Officer Collazo that he observed the male, later identified as Lazaro Nocedo, on the ground, in distress and gasping for air. Officer Collazo assessed the situation and advised the manager of the store to retrieve the Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the wall adjacent to the store. Officer Collazo updated Miami-Dade Fire Rescue of Mr. Nocedo’s status and advised them that Mr. Nocedo was not breathing. Officer Collazo and Mr. Stucket immediately attached the electrodes to Mr. Nocedo’s chest. The AED analyzed Mr. Nocedo’s heart rhythm and advised the need for defibrillation. Officer Collazo made sure that everyone was safely out of the way and a shock was delivered. CPR was continued and the AED again analyzed Mr. Nocedo’s heart rhythm. The AED advised the need for defibrillation and another shock was delivered as Miami-Dade Fire Rescue arrived on the scene. Subsequent to the second defibrillation, Mr. Nocedo began to breathe on his own and regained a pulse. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Unit 35 assumed responsibility for Mr. Nocedo and transported him to University of Miami Hospital.  We were not able to make contact with Mr. Nocedo.  Officer Collazo has been nominated for a LIfesaving Departmental Award.

The following Miami-Dade County personnel will be present: 

Director Juan Perez, MDPD - Director Emilio Gonzalez, MDAD - Chief Mirtha Ramos, MDPD - Major Raymond Melcon, MDPD


Who: Miami-Dade Police Department

What:Lifesaving Award Presentation

When: November 30, 2016, 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Where:Miami International Airport (MIA) Concourse J - South TSA Checkpoint, Second Level

Why:Survivor would like to show appreciation to the officers for saving his life.

Editor's Note: The ceremony will be held in the terminal side (non-sterile), no need to provide personal information.


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