GROTON -- At the selectmen's unusual 8:30 a.m. meeting time Wednesday, commendations were presented to three members of the town's EMT service for life-saving efforts on Oct. 9.

On that day, they were called to Lawrence Academy when a student from Hong Kong suffered cardiac arrest.

Due the swift response by and action of Capt. Susan Daly, Lt. Tyler Shute, and EMT Frank Mastrangelo, CPR was administered and the student's pulse reestablished. The teenager subsequently made a full recovery after being sent to an area hospital.

"This was an example of what can happen when you have good procedures and preparedness in place," said LA headmaster Dan Scheibe. "Our own community (at LA) feels so relieved and happy. Our gratitude continues to pour out. Our well-being depends on our place in Groton."

"We're extremely lucky to have such well-trained individuals," agreed Degen.

Fire Chief Joseph Bosselait said his department is "very proud" of its personnel who responded quickly enough that the stricken teenager suffered no irreversible brain damage as a result of the heart stoppage.

More on this story next week.