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Granby police officer honored for saving man’s life

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi News
Granby, CO Colorado
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GRANBY – A Texas man who last summer was visiting family in Granby says he owes his life to a Granby police officer and a Grand County paramedic.

The man, Thomas Scow, had suffered a heart attack at around 11 p.m. at a home on West Garnet Avenue on July 25.

Officer Daniel Zacek Smith was the first responder to the home and noticed Scow showed signs of a heart attack. Shortly after the officer’s arrival, Scow quit breathing and the officer could no longer detect a pulse.



Zacek Smith immediately administered chest compressions until Critical Care Paramedic Brandon Dozier arrived, at which time the paramedic rendered advanced cardiac life support consisting of defibrillation, a breathing tube and medication.

Three months after his full recovery, Scow wrote a letter to Zacek Smith, thanking him for his quick thinking and expertise in CPR.



“Words can’t describe how thankful I am for you and your remarkably fast response to the 911 call my daughter made … There is no question you and your expertise in CPR saved my life. I’m told by my doctor that most cardiac arrests outside of a hospital don’t make it. I want you to know that I’m doing very well. Thank you very much for giving my life back. You are a credit to your community.”

Scow added in jest that his chest was still sore due to cracked ribs. “But I’m not complaining,” he said.

Zacek Smith and Brandon Dozier were both publicly recognized at the Granby Town Board meeting on Dec. 14.


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