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WLB Police and First Aid Save a Resident’s Life

Dr. Sweetwood shows her own appreciation to local Police and First Aid

West Long Branch:  At the October 3rd Council meeting Police Department and First Aid Squad members were recognized for saving the life of Dr. Lori Sweetwood of Norwood Avenue in June. Dr. Sweetwood was found not breathing in her bedroom by her 14 year old daughter Rosie at 7:00 A.M. on June 21. 

Rosie remained clear headed and called the police who found her crying as they arrived and directed them to the upstairs bedroom.

WLB Police Ptl. Laura Osborn and Ptl. Tyler Brennessel along with Sgt. James Gomez lifted the woman and placed her on the floor and began applying CPR. They applied defibrillation as the EMT Judi Scibetti arrived and continued CPR with the officers. First Aid Squad Medics EMTs Gabe Esses and Billy Goldberg arrived and Dr. Sweetwood was taken to Monmouth Medical Center.

On September 23rd Mrs. Scibetti reported that Dr. Sweetwood has made a complete recovery since June. She said the doctor sent heartfelt thanks to the WLB FA and WLBPD for all they had done to save her. 

Sgt. Gomez’ submitted his report to Chef Arthur Cosentino requesting the chief award lifesaving medals to Ptl. Osborn and Brennessel and to Mrs. Scibetti. 

In Chief Cosentino’s absence, Capt. Lawrence Mihlon read the report to the audience at Borough Hall followed by lifesaving certificate presentations by police commission Council member Chris Neyhart.

First Aid CPR Save Bar awards were presented to EMTs Esses and Goldberg (in absentia) by Councilwoman Barbara Ruane with the assistance of FA Capt. Tracey Newenhouse. The bar is worn on their uniforms.


Dr. Sweetwood joined the ceremony and gave big hugs to the life savers.

Mayor Janet Tucci Janet Tucci congratulated all recipients as council members added their personal acknowledgements.

The ceremony took place at the beginning the meeting which was filled with family and friends as well as off duty police and First Aid personnel.  

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