FAIRFIELD, NJ — A 58-year-old Wayne resident is currently recovering after Fairfield police officers saved his life with CPR on June 7 at Hollywood Pizza on Fairfield Road.

At approximately 2:02 p.m. that day, the man suffered from an apparent heart attack and was unresponsive when all available officers arrived on scene, police said. According to the responding officers, the victim was not breathing and had no pulse, and a private citizen had already begun CPR.

The officers took over CPR and also delivered one shock to the victim using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). The victim regained a pulse while officers were still on scene, according to police.

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“This incident highlights the importance of starting CPR as quickly as possible for anyone experiencing a medical emergency where their heart and breathing stops,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna. “I commend the outstanding work of our officers, as well as that of the citizen who initiated CPR before the arrival of the police. It is because of all their efforts that the victim is alive today.”

Officers continued to assist the victim with respirations after he regained a pulse, and the victim was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson.