WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The quick response of West Caldwell Patrolman Steven Huster may have contributed to saving the life of a local shopper last week.

Last Sunday, Oct. 4, Huster, the most recent officer in the West Caldwell Police Department to obtain his EMT certification, was dispatched to ShopRite on a report of a severe allergic reaction.  According to West Caldwell police, Huster administered an epinephrine pen to the patient, who was suffering from severe anaphylaxis.   

"We commend Officer Huster on his fast action," the West Caldwell Police Department posted in a statement on its Facebook page. "The patient's condition improved almost immediately."

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The West Caldwell Police Department currently has 10 active EMTs who respond on all emergency medical calls.  

"They are an important component in the first responder process and work in conjunction with our INCREDIBLE West Essex First Aid Squad to provide vital patient care," the WCPD said.