February 10, 2016 Nassau County Police Officer Kyle Klein had just responded to a home where a man had a heart attack and he had to perform CPR. As he had started to patrol again he passed by the home of 82 year old Gerard Cote who was outside with his own driveway full of snow.
The Officer pulled over his cruiser and spent the next 10 minutes shoveling snow. A neighbor took a photo of him doing his good deed and sent it into the Police Department. Since the time that the Nassau County Police Department posted the photo on their Facebook page, it has gone viral.
Meet Police Officer Kyle Klein of the Second Precinct. He responded to a call on Friday regarding a man who went into cardiac arrest while shoveling snow at his home in Farmingdale. Officer Klein performed CPR on the man, who survived and was transported to the hospital, and had left the scene when he saw Gerard Cote shoveling snow in front of his home around the block.
Having just saved the life of the man who’d had a heart attack while shoveling snow, Police Officer Klein pulled his squad car over and cleared Mr. Cote’s driveway for him.
Thank you, Officer Klein!
This is the original photo that was posted:
Since that time, media has picked up on it and a host of people talked to Mr. Cote as well. A second set of photos were taken and posted along with the following message:
Police Officer Klein visited Gerard and Marie Cote yesterday! No shoveling this time, though.
Officer Klein said: “I didn’t want that same scenario of what we just left where as he is shoveling snow the chances of him having a heart attack,” Klein told reporters Wednesday. “I didn’t need that to happen.” “So for the ten minutes of shoveling snow it was worth it.”
Mr. Cote said Officer Klein is welcomed back for the next snow storm.