CEDAR GROVE, NJ - Cedar Grove police performed CPR and successfully resuscitated him Jan. 2 at a home on Bowden Avenue.
Police responded to the residence at around 8 a.m. on a report that a man was unresponsive. Upon arrival, police found the man slumped over not breathing and in cardiac arrest. Officers immediately initiated CPR, and AED protocols. A LUCAS Chest Compression Device was applied, according to police reports.
Officers performed chest compressions and shocks were provided,until the man was breathing and had pulse. Cear Grove officers continued to provide care until paramedics and Cedar Grove Ambulance personnel arrived.
The man was transported to Mountainside Medical Center in critical condition. According to police, the man remains hospitalized, but his condition has vastly improved and he is lucid, alert, and expected to recover.
“I am extremely proud of the manner in which all the first responders performed, especially the police officers in those first critical minutes of care. Overall it was a team effort. I would specifically like to note the recent addition of the LUCAS Chest Compression Unit to our emergency medical equipment. LUCAS is a mechanical CPR device providing consistent and high-quality compressions," said Police Chief Joseph Cirasa. "The unit was purchased by the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad and carried by police who are the first to arrive. The LUCAS device has resulted in improved emergency medical care. A second unit is expected to be purchased and deployed shortly."