EDISON, NJ – A township police sergeant, who reported to the Middlesex County Courthouse for jury duty on his day off from work, helped save the life of another potential juror on Thursday after he collapsed, according to a press release from the department.
With help from a female juror, off-duty police Sgt. Michael Carter administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the 68-year-old South Plainfield man who collapsed from an apparent seizure in a jury pool waiting room at 2 p.m. Thursday, police said.
“My training just kicked into gear. Thankfully, I was in the right place at the right time for this gentleman,” said Carter, an 18-year police veteran, who is the day-shift supervisor for department's road patrol.
Police said Carter administered CPR until sheriff's officers brought a portable defibrillator into the jury room, which the sergeant used to resuscitate the man before emergency medical technicians from Robert Wood Johnson University arrived to transport him to the hospital.
The victim was conscious and listed in stable condition today, police said.
“I am very proud of Sgt. Carter for stepping up to help this man,” Police Chief Thomas Bryan said. “Our department places a premium on training its officers. His swift, life-saving actions and professionalism are the clear result.”