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Off-duty Mansfield Twp. police officer helped save woman’s life at Prudential Center

NEWARK, NJ (Essex County) – An off-duty Mansfield Township police officer helped save a woman’s life when he responded for someone calling for help at the Prudential Center in Newark earlier this month.

Mansfield Township police officer David Hanf was attending a concert on Saturday Oct. 6 at the Prudential Center when he heard someone calling for help from the women’s restroom, police said.

Hanf responded immediately and found family members tending to a 73-year-old woman seated in a chair, police said.

Officer Hanf, Nurse Stacy Rivera and the victim’s son lowered her to the floor, checked her vitals and initiated CPR, police said.

While continuing CPR, off-duty New Jersey state trooper Cassandra Pugh arrived and assisted until EMT’s and Paramedics arrived and took over care, police said.

The victim was transported to the hospital and is recovering, police said.

“We are extremely proud of Officer Hanf and everyone involved in the lifesaving efforts,” Mansfield Township Police Chief Michael Reilly 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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