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Mountainside Police Officers Use AED to Revive Driver Following Accident

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MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - Police revived a woman using an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on Saturday, Feb. 18, after responding to a motor vehicle accident.

According to police, Mountainside Police Officers James Debbie III and Andrew Yasinski were dispatched to the 7-Eleven store on Mountain Avenue at about 12:41 p.m. on Feb. 18, on the report of a motor vehicle accident and a driver who appeared to be unconscious.  

When Patrolman Yasinski arrived at the scene, he checked the driver for a pulse and signs of life. Finding none, he immediately removed the victim from her vehicle, placed her on solid ground and began to administer CPR, according to the police report from Lt. Joseph Giannuzzi.

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With the help of Patrolman Debbie III, the AED was attached to the victim and an electric shock given. Once the lifesaving shock was given, the AED detected a pulse and both officers continued to administer CPR and oxygen to the victim as a team, until emergency medical workers could arrive, police reported.

The 41-year-old Newark resident, who continued to have a pulse, was taken to the hospital by a Union County ambulance and paramedics from Overlook Medical Center. 

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