WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Two local teenagers and a pair of adults saved two lives at once when their EMT certifications rescued a unconscious pregnant woman earlier this summer. The four heroes were honored with proclamations and a prestigious medal at a West Caldwell Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
When Jack Sherwood heard neighbors yelling for help while at a nearby graduation party, he immediately went into action and accompanied his father, John Sherwood, John Fierro and Will McNamara to the scene.
Next door, they found an unconscious pregnant woman and provided lifesaving CPR.
“We live in a great community—in West Caldwell and in Caldwell, our sister community—and it’s in times that an issue occurs, or a tragedy, we always come together as a community,” said Mayor Joseph Tempesta. “Everybody came together, and from a soft spot in my heart, I think it’s a wonderful thing when the community comes together like this.”
McNamara, a 17-year-old James Caldwell High School student who is EMT (emergency medical technician) certified, did more than 100 compressions. McNamara was assisted by John Sherwood, a sergeant in the Essex County Sheriff’s office, and John Fierro, a Montclair Firefighter, but Tempesta said that “America’s future is great because of young people like Will.”
Each of the four men were presented with a plaque stating that each of them exhibited “exemplary” conduct on June 17, whereas he recognized an emergency situation and rendered aid.
“If it had not been for the lifesaving and skilled response of Will and others, two precious lives may have been lost,” Tempesta read.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, and her unborn child are both healthy and doing well. She and her family were present on Tuesday to witness the heroes receiving their plaques.