Responders clear roof after resident dies shoveling snow

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Credit: Manchester Fire Dept.

Credit: Manchester Fire Dept.

MANCHESTER — First responders who tried to save a man’s life when he collapsed while shoveling snow off his roof returned to finish the work after he died.

Fire Chief David Billings identified the man as Miroslaw Dabrowski. The 57-year-old Dabrowski suffered a heart attack.

His wife, Teresa Dabrowski, said he was born in Poland and emigrated to the U.S. in 1982. He worked as a carpenter.

The emergency call came in at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday. Police officer Bernie Hallums said he and other officers climbed to the roof and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. He was declared dead at Manchester Hospital.

Later that morning, Hallums and other officers and firefighters returned to the house to finish removing snow from the roof.