08/13/2011

Reserve officer commended for saving man's life

Roy Bickford saved an elderly man who had stopped breathing

Nick Sambides Jr.
Bangor Daily News

LINCOLN, Maine — A retired U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant decorated for saving lives in Gulf War I and Somalia, Roy Bickford didn't hesitate or even worry when an elderly woman rushed toward him late last month yelling that her husband wasn't breathing.

"I said to him, 'You OK? You OK?' He was very pale and I could not get a pulse," Bickford recalled Tuesday. "I pulled him out of his wheelchair and laid him on a picnic table and got him breathing again."

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