Six Fairfield Officers and Three Civilians Honored for Saving Life
Fairfield (NJ) On Monday January 27, 2014, at the regular meeting of the Fairfield Mayor and Council, six Fairfield police officers received life saving commendations and three civilians received Chief’s certificates for having successfully saved the life of Robert Goldberg on December 19, 2013. The officers were Sergeants Paul Bowden and Daniel Dias and Officers Ian Rasmussen, Christopher Nicholas, John McGrory and Brad Ahern. The civilians were Paul Fahey of Belleville, N.J., Paul Holzach of Little Falls, N.J. and Toni Smith of Lincoln Park, N.J.
On December 19, 2013, at approximately 2:08 P.M., Mr. Goldberg was training with Mr. Fahey at Combat Athlete MMA, located at 333 Passaic Avenue in Fairfield, when he suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac and respiratory arrest. Mr. Fahey summoned assistance from a neighboring company and had someone contact 9-1-1. The team of Fahey, Holzach and Smith then began cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the officers arrived. The officers continued CPR and used an automated external defibrillator (AED) and applied two shocks to Mr. Goldberg. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson where he has made a remarkable recovery.
Mr. Goldberg and his wife were able to join the ceremony and humbly thanked those who assisted him in his time of need. “As police officers, we are tasked with helping people in so many different ways, which is why most of us entered the profession in the first place” said Deputy Chief Anthony Manna. “Still, there is no greater feeling of accomplishment then saving a life and we are so proud of what our officers and these civilians did together” said the deputy chief.
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