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South Brunswick Police, EMS Save 26-Year-Old Woman Who Used Heroin

EMS and officers continued CPR for 20 minutes until paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital arrived on scene. The victim was in the rear of the ambulance when paramedics administered Narcan.

Two South Brunswick police officers, EMS and paramedics helped save the life of a 26-year-old woman who had just used heroin on Thursday, said Chief Raymond Hayducka.

At 11:48 a.m. police received a 911 call reporting a woman had collapsed on a sidewalk off Henderson Road. Within four minutes South Brunswick Officer Scott Bucca and South Brunswick EMS EMT Petra Krajnak and EMT Sean McLaughlin arrived to find the victim not breathing and without a heartbeat.

The team worked together to perform CPR. Officer Joseph Rausch arrived and learned the victim had just used heroin moments before she collapsed.

EMS and officers continued CPR for 20 minutes until paramedics from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital arrived on scene. The victim was in the rear of the ambulance when paramedics administered Narcan.

The victim almost immediately began to breath on her own. She began to speak and asked what had happened. She was transported to the hospital for further treatment.

Hayducka credited the fast response and quick action of the officers and EMS with saving the young woman’s life.

“This incident could have ended in tragedy if not for officers and EMS quickly starting CPR and paramedics administering the life saving drug quickly,” he said.

Concerned Citizen April 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Was she arrested? The last time I checked, heroin is still illegal in NJ.
sb April 11, 2014 at 01:58 PM
Good thing the paid ambulance wasn't in Franklin covering for Kendall Park's volunteers again or it would have taken 20 minutes to get the first ambulance there and she probably would have been dead.
Elaine April 11, 2014 at 07:04 PM
Arresting opiate addicts has been proven to not fix the problem facing the USA. As a tax payer, there are better solutions than burdening prisons with mentally ill substance abusers. How about putting my tax dollars into mental health and substance abuse clinics. At least that is in the right direction. Concern Citizen: That 26 year old is someone's loved one. Please show a little more compassion. I hope that woman gets the kind of help she needs.
Joe R April 12, 2014 at 09:29 AM
Bravo to the EMS, police officers and paramedics for saving a life!
raymond Weis April 12, 2014 at 10:56 PM
This is a reply directly to SB, yes the two paid crews could certainly have been in Franklin covering calls which are in their response area, but they could just as well been on two Monmouth Junction calls and not able to respond to it. We all three squads have a finite number of resourses to cover all calls as they come in. Getting volunteers is getting harder all the time.Between the three squads we have about eighty people to cover 24,7, 365 including holidays and severe weather conditions. Rather than complain about us doing our jobs I will remind you that you can come to the door of any of the squads and volunteer your time to be part of the solution rather than complain about the problems. None of the squads would turn you away.

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