Secaucus police resuscitate 63-year-old woman in gas station parking lot


Three Secaucus police officers helped to resuscitate a 63-year-old woman in a gas station parking lot last week, using CPR and a defibrillator to save her life.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

On October 18th at about 10:50 a.m., Secaucus police received a call that a 63-year-old
woman was inside a vehicle in the parking lot of the Shell Gas Station, located 300 Route 3 East, and she was unresponsive and not breathing, according to Police Capt. Dennis Miller.

Within minutes, Sgt. Reinaldo Cruzado and Police Officers William Smith, Stephen Jui and Salvatore Manente arrived at the scene.

Upon their arrival, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was immediately initiated by the
officers, who also utilized an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), which is standard in all Secaucus police patrol vehicles, officials said.

While continuing CPR, the victim was given two shocks with the AED. CPR was continued by EMTs from the Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center upon their arrival, authorities said.

The woman was transported to Meadowlands Hospital. At this time, the woman is doing well and is in the Intensive Care Unit of Hackensack University Medical Center, police said.

Police Chief Kevin Flaherty commends the response time of his officers, along with that of the EMTs, as well as the use of the officers’ training to save this woman’s life.

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