SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains Police Department and Scotch Plains Rescue Squad saved two heart attack victims on the same day on Thursday, March 19.
At 7:49 a.m., police officers Dave Lavery and Luis Pereira responded to a call of man who had fallen ill.
"I knew immediately he was having a heart attack," said Lavery. "We had started using the defibrillator and providing CPR until the Rescue Squad arrived. They did a great job."
"It's rare to have two heart attacks in one day, and both were saves," said Joan Lozowski, who has served on the Scotch Plains Rescue Squad for 27 years.
"We were driving down Raritan Road and received a report of another heart attack victim. He had almost 100 percent blockage - almost the same thing," said Officer Robert Lewis. "It was a contractor who was about to leave a home on Black Birch Road. Fortunately, it happened on the front lawn of the home and not while he was driving away."
The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is entering its 77th year of providing all volunteer emergency medical services to Scotch Plains and surrounding communities. The Rescue Squad's, 90 dedicated volunteers have over 782 combined years of service to the community, and they respond to emergency calls on a 24/7 basis. Records indicate that the squad answered over 78,000 emergency calls in more than 75 years of service. The Scotch Plains Rescue Squad is supported by tax-deductible donations.