SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Two township police officers are being credited for saving the life of a Warren man when he collapsed at work last month.
According to police, officers Salvatore Fama and Brian Luck went to the office of PSS Warehousing on Nicolas Court on Oct. 28 on a report of a man that had collapsed and stopped breathing.
Officer Fama arrived to find Jim Mauro, 58, of Warren, on the floor of the office and without a pulse.
Police said that a co-worker was giving Mauro chest compressions and Officer Fama then administered an electric shock with a defibrillator.
Officer Luck arrived and worked with Fama to continue CPR, eventually administering another defibrillator shock to Mauro, police said.
At that point, police said, that Mauro gasped for air and went with South Brunswick EMS to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, where he remained in critical condition for 10 days.
He has since been upgraded to stable and continues to recover at the hospital, police said.
Officer Fama met with Mauro and his family at the hospital during the weekend.
Mauro’s wife said her husband was not feeling well the day he collapsed, but insisted on going to work because co-workers planned to celebrate his birthday with a cake during lunch.
She expressed her gratitude to Fama and Luck for saving her husband’s life.
“When we got there he had no pulse. Our training just kicked in and we were able to bring him back,” Fama said Monday. “It is a great feeling to save a life. To see Mr. Mauro sitting up in bed and being able to shake his hand is unbelievable.”
Chief of Police Raymond Hayducka said he was very proud of the officers for the work they did to save the man’s life.
“Officer Salvatore Fama and Officer Brian Luck acted quickly using their training and a department defibrillator to save this man’s life,” Chief Hayducka said. “Their actions along with a co-worker knowing CPR made the difference.”