WEST ORANGE, NJ – Chef Mitchell Goldberg’s talents extend far beyond the culinary field to saving lives. Goldberg, a West Orange resident, and two friends recently received proclamations from Staten Island Borough President James Oddo, citing their heroism during a weekly doubles match of paddleball in January.

Oddo presented plaques at a ceremony on March 9 honoring Dr. Keith Jackson from Staten Island, Goldberg and Mitch Resnick of Manalapan, whose actions saved the life of Staten Island resident, Tony Cascella, during a recent match in Clifton where they play.

Goldberg is the Regional Director of Dining Services for the Jewish Community Housing Corporation of Metropolitan New Jersey (JCHC). He has played with the men every Thursday in a New York/New Jersey league for the past 10 years.

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Lucky for Cascella, Goldberg received training in the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) through the JCHC.

Cascella went into sudden cardiac arrest during the game and his friends tried CPR, with no success. The recreation center had an AED, which Goldberg manned. They administered defibrillation four times to revive Cascella, while awaiting the paramedics to take him to the hospital.

Cascella, 54, had no history of heart problems, so the event was a “real wakeup call for all involved.”

“Tony had two blocked arteries and never knew it until he collapsed during the game,” said Goldberg. “We weren’t going to let him go.”