Police officer who collapsed after heart attack on UMBC campus honored

The Baltimore County police officer who suffered a heart attack while jogging at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, was among those recognized at a ceremony honoring survivors of cardiac arrest Friday afternoon.

Scott Miller, 43, a 14-year veteran of the police, described the help he received from two UMBC students and other first responders as "humbling" hours after the June 1 ceremony at Parkville Fire Station.

"Words cannot describe it. I'm extremely grateful for everything that they've done," the Howard County resident said.

Miller, a member of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department since 1995, had completed two-thirds of the loop used by joggers on the UMBC campus April 24 when he collapsed from a heart attack.

The Air Force veteran said he doesn't recall much after the halfway point of the loop.

Driving in separate cars, UMBC senior Antigone Cox, 22, and junior Chris Tingley, 20, saw Miller within seconds of each other and reacted immediately.

Cox, an environmental science and biology major, called 911.

Tingley, an emergency health services major and volunteer EMT at Howard County Station 2, rolled Miller over, found he had no pulse and administered CPR until paramedics arrived.

"They did everything perfect," Miller said. "The doctors at St. Agnes (Hospital) said things couldn't have gone smoother in the field."

Miller said both Cox and Tingley were recognized at Friday's ceremony, but Tingley was absent.

One of Miller's arteries had a blockage between 95 and 100 percent, he said doctors told him.

"I'm feeling better, just getting a little antsy," Miller said. "I guess I'm getting ready to get back to work."

Released from the hospital on April 30, Miller said he expects to resume light duty within two weeks.

The married father of one estimated he would resume full duty in August or September.

Among the other cases highlighted during Friday's ceremony was an incident last fall during which a Perry Hall High School freshman field hockey player collapsed during a junior varsity game at Catonsville High School.

Breanna Sudano collapsed suddenly with 30 seconds left in 2-1 Perry Hall victory.

As the teen, who scored both goals, lay motionless on the turf, parents and coaches administered CPR.

This spring, Breanna served as the honorary captain for her team as she recovered from a four-hour open-heart surgery to repair a congenital heart condition.

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