(nj.com) – An off-duty township police officer saved the life of a man who had collapsed while the two were reporting for jury duty recently at the Middlesex County Courthouse.
Edison Police Sgt. Michael Carter administered CPR to a 68-year-old South Plainfield man who had “collapsed from an apparent seizure in a jury pool waiting room at 2 p.m. Thursday,” according to a statement from the township.
A woman also reporting for jury duty assisted Carter.
“My training just kicked into gear,” Carter said. “Thankfully, I was in the right place at the right time for this gentleman.”
Carter is an 18-year veteran of the township police department, serving as a day-shift supervisor for department’s road patrol.
Carter continued CPR until sheriff’s officers arrived at the jury room with a portable defibrillator.
Carter took the defibrillator and used it to resuscitate the man before EMTs from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital arrived.
The man was transported to the hospital and is listed in stable condition.
“I am very proud of Sgt. Carter for stepping up to help this man,” said Police Chief Thomas Bryan. “Our department places a premium on training its officers. His swift, life-saving actions and professionalism are the clear result.”