ROXBURY NJ - Three Roxbury policemen are being hailed as heroes after they used a defibrillator to save the life of a man found without a heartbeat or respiration last weekend.

When Sgt. Ken Rocco, Patrolman Tom Denicola and Patrolman Jake Field responded to a report of an unresponsive man on Saturday, they found the 49-year-old without a pulse and not breathing. The man was behind the wheel of a car parked in front of the Fuddrucker’s restaurant in Succasunna. He was accompanied by his wife, said police.

“When Officer Field arrived on scene, he witnessed the victim’s wife trying to wake the victim up,” said a police report distributed today. The report said the man was not breathing and had no pulse.

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Field removed the man from the car, placed him on the parking lot and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, police said. The patrolman was assisted in the CPR effort by the sergeant while Denicola prepared an automated external defibrillator.

“One shock was administered and CPR resumed,” said the report. “The victim’s pulse came back and victim began to breathe on his own again.”

The man, whose name was not released by police, was taken by Roxbury Fire/EMS to St. Clare’s Hospital in Dover.