Cops, citizens come to the rescue after person's heart stops on Newark street

By Paul Milo | NJ Advance Media for
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on January 30, 2015


NEWARK — Two police officers and some good samaritans teamed up to help save the life of someone whose heart briefly stopped beating Thursday afternoon.

A citizen approached police officers at Newark City Hall shortly before 1:30 p.m. and alerted them to a person on Hill Street who was having difficulty breathing, police spokesman Sgt. Ron Glover said. Glover did not release any information about the victim.

Officer Vernon Bradbury responded, finding the victim on the ground and gasping for air. Bradbury, who called an ambulance, was joined at the scene by Lt. Brian O’Hara of the Motorcycle Squad. Unable to find a pulse, O’Hara began performing chest compressions.

As O’Hara worked to save the person, a teacher from a nearby school came to the scene with a portable defibrillator and handed it to O’Hara, who used it as well as continued CPR to sustain the victim as the ambulance was enroute. The victim was taken to St. Michael’s Hospital.

"Due to the quick thinking of the citizen, of the teacher and the police officers, this victim has another chance at life. Here again is a fine example of how the police department and our constituents in the city of Newark are working together to effect positive change," said Newark Police Director Eugene Venable.

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