MAYVILLE – Nick Kompare, Univera Healthcare’s vice president for strategic planning, has been honored by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace for his concern for his fellow man and his use of life-saving equipment that coincidentally was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by his own company four years ago, the office announced Tuesday.
Gerace has given Kompare a county certificate of recognition for having had the foresight to save the life of a fellow jogger two months ago.
As Kompare was jobggng near Chautauqua Lake early on July 28 near his in-laws’ summer cottage in Mayville, he found a fellow jogger, Robert Dillemuth, a retired choral director from Erie, Pa., who has a cottage in the area, lying unresponsive along the side of the road.
As Kompare began administering CPR, he asked a passer-by to call 911, and Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Seeley, who wasn’t slated to work that day but was at the Sheriff’s Office on personal business, was directed to go to the scene because he was also an emergency medical technician trained in the use of automated external defibrillators.
Gerace said Kompare was unaware that his employer, Univera Healthcare, had donated 17 of those AEDs to his department four years earlier.
The fast action by Kompare saved the life of Dillemuth, who said Tuesday that he wanted to thank all involved for the effort.
“I’ve been given a second chance at life,” said Dillemuth. “I’m so lucky that Nick happened by, and that Deputy Seeley had an AED. The next responding unit arrived approximately five minutes later. If I would have had to wait for that unit to arrive with an AED, events could have unfolded much differently.”
Kompare said, “I’m so glad I happened upon the scene and was able to initiate CPR, And I’m so proud that my employer, Univera Healthcare, was part of the reason why Deputy Seeley had an AED in his car.”
Gerace, who has an AED in each of his department’s patrol cars, in its watercraft and at the county lockup, said “Univera Healthcare’s generosity made it possible for all of our deputies to have ready access to these lifesaving devices. Here in Chautauqua County, the first responder to a sudden cardiac arrest is likely to be one of our deputies,” Gerace added.
He noted that thanks to Univera Healthcare and its Rochester-based parent company, his agency and other law enforcement agencies in upstate New York have been awarded more than 150 lifesaving AEDs.