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New Jersey state troopers save life of drowning victim in Sussex County

STILLWATER TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – Three New Jersey state troopers performed life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a 50-year-old drowning victim in Stillwater Township last month, state police said Monday.

On Thursday, May 12, at around 10:14 a.m., Troopers Anthony Pall, Julio Rodriguez, and Kevin Foulds were dispatched to the report of an unconscious man found submerged in water at Swartswood State Park, state police said.

When troopers and first responders arrived, the man was unresponsive, and they began giving chest compressions and providing oxygen using a bag valve mask. The troopers and EMTs continued CPR while an automated external defibrillator (AED) was used to deliver four shocks, state police said.

After several rounds of CPR, the man began to cough up water and regain consciousness, state police said.

Due to the location, the victim was transported by boat to a nearby dock, where he was then taken by ambulance to an area hospital where he was evaluated and later released, state police said.

“With the assistance of Stillwater Township First Aid Squad and Troopers Anthony Pall, Julio Rodriguez, and Kevin Foulds, their training and experience undoubtedly prevented a tragedy,” state 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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