Tourist thanks Stamford cop for saving his life
STAMFORD — An Ecuadorian man on Wednesday gave his heartfelt thanks to a Stamford police officer who saved his life two weeks ago.
On Aug. 20, Pablo Campoverde, 24, had just flown in from Cuenca, Ecuador, and went to stay at an uncle’s home on Horton Street. He had come to the U.S. on vacation to celebrate getting a job back home as an engineer, and the next day he and his dad planned to take a road trip to Canada to see Niagara Falls.
But in the middle of the night, Campoverde inexplicably stopped breathing. Police officer Michael Costello, a 23-year department veteran, heard the emergency radio call - arrived at the home in less than a minute - and began administering chest compressions to Campoverde.
Two minutes later, firefighters and medics arrived and were able to get Campoverde’s heart beating again.
“Every paramedic and every doctor told me that if it weren’t for [Costello’s] quick actions... Pablo probably would not be here with us today,” Capt. Diedrich Hohn said Wednesday at the home of another Campoverde relative on West North Street, where the family gathered to thank Costello.
Hohn is one of three officers who teaches CPR to his colleagues in the Stamford police department.
“We are grateful Michael also because - thank God - you listened to us in class that day,” he said.
“Sometimes I do listen,” Costello quipped.
Costello took a good look at Campoverde and said, “Good to see you still here.”
When asked how it felt being a hero, Costello said he was just doing his job.
“I have five children at home and I would hope someone would be fast enough to help one of mine,” Costello said. “And he is the same age as one of my sons, and the same birthday, too. When I found out, it really hit me.”
“I have no words to express myself,” Campoverde said through officer Adriana Molina, who was interpreting for the family. “I am very, very grateful for what you did for me.”
Campoverde’s mother Marcia told Costello, “God puts angels in our path and you are one of them.”
He was headed back home Wednesday night to begin his career as an engineer.