NEW JERSEY (WTXF) - The quick actions of two New Jersey State Police troopers saved a life over the holiday weekend. Officials say the sergeant and trooper brought an elderly man back from the brink of death.
"Right here I guess where these two cars were. And Mr. Sheridan had collapsed right here between the two cars," said Sgt. Bobby Varnadore.
Sergeant Bobby Varnadore of the Atlantic City International Airport State police station was first to respond to the rental car drop off section last Friday. That's where 80-year-old Joseph Sheridan was on the ground and unconscious.
"He wasn't doing too well. No pulse, no breathing at the time," he explained. "His wife and daughter were there so a bit of added stress. They were visibly upset."
Sgt. Varnadore started CPR Until Trooper Mike Sidarik arrived moments later. Trooper Sidarik using an automated external defibrillator or AED to deliver one shock.
"We checked for a pulse and it was strong. I mean it was pounding. I've done this before, and I've never seen a pulse return that strong. Huge relief," Trooper Sidarik explained.
Within minutes, paramedics were on the scene and Sheridan was rushed to the hospital where he is still being treated.