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Man reunites with Washington Twp., Morris County police officers who saved his life

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A man was recently with the Washington Township police officers who helped him survive by performing CPR as he suffered a cardiac arrest last year.

On June 11, 2020, Corporal Tom Falleni and Officer Kevin Barnes responded to a reported cardiac arrest. Once on scene, the officers immediately started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and used the automated external defibrillator (AED), Washington Township Police Department said in a Facebook post.

Mr. Echols was transported by ground to the Benedict A. Cucinella School on Naughright Road, where he was then flown to Morristown Medical Center by NorthStar Helicopter, police said.

Almost one year later Echols has made a full recovery and he wanted to meet with the officers and thank them for help save his life, police said.

“We are very thankful that Mr. Echols is doing well and fully recovered. We are very proud of Cpl. Tom Falleni and PO Kevin Barnes. This is what makes our community great!,” police said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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