State Police Saved 50-Year-Old Drowning Victim, Recognized

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STILLWATER, NJ – New Jersey State Troopers who rescued a 50-year-old drowning victim in May in Stillwater Township were recognized today by the agency.

Three New Jersey State Troopers performed life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on a 50-year-old drowning victim in Stillwater Township, Sussex County.

“On Thursday, May 12, at approximately 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,” the NJSP 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. After several rounds of CPR, the man began to cough up water and regain consciousness.”

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.

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.