MONTVILLE, NJ – It’s important to administer CPR right – especially when it’s your father’s life you’re trying to save. Pine Brook resident Caitlin Fitzgerald did just that, and was awarded a Civilian Service award at the May 28 Montville Township Committee meeting for her quick thinking and on-the-spot CPR skills which helped save her father, William’s, life.

Montville Township Police Chief Andrew Caggiano introduced Fitzgerald, stating that Caitlin’s mother Antoinette had called 9-1-1 and reached MTPD dispatcher John Barbieri. Antoinette stated that her husband was unconscious and unresponsive, and Caitlyn was in the process of administering CPR. Barbieri advised Antoinette to put the phone on speaker and provided CPR/first aid instructions to Caitlin.

“Caitlin was able to continue CPR until the arrival of Corporal Doug Vanderhoof and Patrolman Anthony Condurso, along with medical units,” Caggiano said. “William was subsequently taken to Morristown Memorial Hospital where he ultimately recovered. Caitlin’s actions were an essential element of the lifesaving process. By initiating CPR, Caitlin provided a crucial stopgap in the lifesaving process.”

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Caggiano then gave Caitlin the MTPD Civilian Service Award.

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