By: Richard L. Smith
Three Essex County Sheriff’s Officers are being credited for heroic efforts in saving a man who suffered cardiac arrest inside a public building this morning.
County officials said on January 23, three Essex County Sheriff’s Officers worked together to resuscitate a 63-year-old man suffering from cardiac arrest in the Hall of Records Building at Veterans Courthouse in Newark.
According to officials, at 9:47 am, the three Essex County Sheriff’s Officers arrived on the scene, where they found a man on the floor who was unconscious, not breathing, and did not have a pulse.
Officials say the law enforcement team began administering CPR and used a defibrillator to try to resuscitate the gentleman.
After administering one shock with the defibrillator, they began doing CPR again.
Officials said within one minute, the team got a pulse and saw that the man was breathing on his own.
Officers continued to monitor his vitals until EMS arrived at 9:59 a.m. and took over patient care.
The patient was transported to University Hospital.
Essex County Sheriff Armando B. Fontoura said, “We are proud of the immediate response and lifesaving efforts provided by our Sheriff’s Officers.
Our officers are trained in CPR and other lifesaving skills, and today, that training helped to bring a person back to life.”