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Morris County Agent Amato issued commendation for rendering medical assistance

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll Tuesday issued a commendation to Agent Gus Amato for rendering medical assistance while off-duty.

The commendation, signed by Prosecutor Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie M. Calderwood, and Chief of Detectives Christoph K. Kimker, was prompted by Agent Amato’s potentially life-saving actions on Thursday, September 15.

At around12:10 p.m., while on a scheduled day off, Agent Amato entered the BP Gas Station, located at 42 East Main Street, Denville Township where he observed an employee, (who declined to be identified), within the convenience store exhibiting odd and peculiar behavior, and who appeared confused.

Based upon his prior law enforcement first aid training and experience, Agent Amato correctly identified that the victim was suffering from a medical episode. Agent Amato assisted the victim to the floor, then called 9-1-1 and requested medical assistance.

While waiting for the arrival of emergency services, Agent Amato continued care and ultimately determined that the victim may have been suffering from a diabetic episode, at which time he asked another patron in the establishment to get a can of soda, then assisted the victim while consuming it.

Once the victim ingested some soda, the condition improved, but medical distress continued. Agent Amato continued to monitor the situation until emergency services arrived and assumed care of the victim, who was ultimately hospitalized for several days.

The victim subsequently spoke with Agent Amato and said, “Thank you, you saved my life”, multiple times.

“During this incident, Agent Amato exemplified his dedication to public service, and demonstrated how professionals are always on-duty.  He not only represents himself well, but also the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office,” Carroll 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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