PERTH AMBOY – The Perth Amboy City Council recognized five firefighters for their life-preserving actions at last night’s meeting.
On Oct. 7, Firefighters John DeNardo and Eric Wilhelm witnessed a vehicle being driven erratically before running a red light and colliding with a parked vehicle. The firefighters found a unconscious, elderly driver who had gone into full cardiac arrest. Denardo and Wilhelm broke the vehicle’s rear window and initiated CPR and defibrillation procedures. When an EMS unit arrived, the patient was transported to Raritan Bay Medical Center. He later passed away at the hospital, but the firefighters were credited with giving him a chance to receive advanced life-saving care.
Lieutenant Edward Mullen and Firefighter Eric Kayser were part of a unit responding to a tractor trailer truck fire on Route 440 when then were made aware of another nearby vehicle fire. Mullen and Kayser, along with Emergency Medical Technicians Gary Batista and Matt Redding, rescued the unconscious driver of the second vehicle just before it became totally engulfed in flames. All of the responding units are being commended for ending the danger posed by the two vehicle fires without any loss of life or any injuries, aside from the two drivers.
Volunteer Lieutenant/Training Officer Anton J. Massopust was attending a church dinner event at the Ukrainian Assumption Parish on Oct. 23. A man attending the dinner went into cardiac arrest, and Massopust initiated CPR while others called 9-1-1. The patient was taken to Raritan Bay Medical Center and made a full recovery.
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