LITTLE FALLS, NJ -  On Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8:14 pm, the Little Falls Police Department received a 911call for a man down and not breathing in the Quick Chek parking lot on Main Street, according to Chief Steven Post. 

Upon the arrival of Sgt. James Briggs, Cpl. John Moncato, Ptlm. Ted Shapllo and Ptl. Jon Cespedes, the patient, a 28-year-old man from Wayne, was found lying on his back in the parking lot. The officers quickly evaluated the patient’s vital signs and determined he was not breathing with no pulse.  

CPR was started and an attempt to utilize and AED (defibrillator) was unsuccessful, as the AED did not advise to administer a shock. A check of the patient’s pupils showed they constricted, which is consistent with opioid use/overdose. 

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Under the direction of Sgt. Briggs, one dose of Naloxone was administered by Ptlm. Cespedes. After the administering of this one dose and continuing CPR the patient regained a pulse, but was still not breathing. A second dose of Naloxone was administered and rescue breathing was continued. A short time later, the patient began to breathe on his own and regained consciousness.

The patient was able to speak to officers on scene before care was transferred to Little Falls EMS and St Joseph’s Hospital Paramedics. He was transported to St Joseph’s Hospital (Wayne) for additional medical care.