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Newton Medical Center Foundation honors Byram Township police officer for life-saving actions

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A Byram Township police officer was honored earlier this month by the Newton Medical Center Foundation for his life-saving actions.

Newton Medical Center Foundation held their Heart & Soul event: A Community Celebration at Perona Farms on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Officer Derek Kuncken was recognized for providing exemplary life-saving care where he administered High-quality CPR resulting in saving a patient’s life.

Heart & Soul began in 2014 as a way to honor the incredible accomplishments of the first responders and emergency personnel who provide exemplary life-saving care to members of our community. In addition, to honoring pre-hospital emergency service and hospital providers the event also recognizes the Foundation’s automated external defibrillator (AED) program.

The AED program was launched in 2001 by the Newton Medical Center Foundation with the goal of providing AEDs at a reduced rate along with training and education.

Since inception, the program has distributed over 950 AED’s, trained more than 6,000 individuals, and has assisted in saving over 63 lives in our community.

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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