A group of first responders who helped save a Comanche Dive resident's life during January's blizzard were honored during the Feb. 18 Oceanport Council meeting.
Police received a call of a man not breathing at 4:33 p.m. on Jan. 23. Patrolman William Resnyk, Officer Matthew Cole, Patrolman John Weir and Lt. Michael Kelly arrived on scene and the patient, Thomas Willams, was found not breathing and no pulse was detected.
CPR was initiated by Patrolman Resnyk and Officer Cole and an AED was set up and one shock was administered to Williams.
Oceanport firefighter and medic Jerry Bertekap arrived on scene and assisted with rescue breathing and was able to open an airway. Medic Unit 202 arrived and stabilized Williams.
Sgt. Michael Perrulli and Patrolman T.J. Manzo, the Oceanport First and Oceanport Fire Department arrived on scene and the fire department shoveled the front door area and applied salt. They also assisted with moving the patient into a stretcher. At this time, Oceanport First Aid medics transported the patient to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch where he was admitted for further evaluation.
Cole, Bertekap and Resnyk were all given certificates of valor and all the other emergency personnel were also recognized by the mayor and council.