Officer recovering after heart attack

CORTLAND — The Cortland Police Department is calling the public support “incredible” for Officer Nicholas Mancini, who suffered a heart attack while on duty about 6:15 p.m. Saturday.

The heart attack caused him to lose control of his vehicle on state Route 5 across from the McDonald’s restaurant and crash. No other people or vehicles were involved in the accident.

“He is being treated at an area hospital, and his condition is improving,” Cortland police Chief David Morris said Monday in a post on the Cortland Police Department Facebook page. Mancini has been a Cortland police officer since 2012.

A few civilians stopped and provided medical care until the fire department arrived, which probably saved his life, Morris said.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is handling the accident investigation.