NJ officer — ‘ I wasn’t letting a dad die on Father’s Day’
This past Father’s Day, 28-year police veteran Sgt. Andy O'Neill left his wife and three kids to work a day shift at the Spring Lake Heights Police department. Sgt. O'Neill worked it so another officer and his newborn son could celebrate their 1st Father’s Day together as a family.
At the time, Andy and his partner, Ptl. Casey Wilms, were on a medical call involving a 2-year-old in respiratory distress. Casey stayed and gave care to the infant and Andy responded to a CPR call. Upon his arrival at the home, Andrea, a volunteer with Spring Lake First Aid arrived and they started administering CPR and an external Defibrillator to shock the man's heart, which had stopped. Three shocks were not enough to restart it.
It took four shocks to the man's heart to revive him.
The victim regained a pulse and was transported to Jersey Shore University Hospital where he received a triple bypass that night. Sgt. O'Neill visited the husband and father a few days later.
Congressman Chris Smith joined us on air to thank Sgt. O'Neill and to make us aware that O'Neill will be receiving the 2017 Workwear MVP Award for his Father's Day heroism.
And of course, we also honored O'Neill's efforts by naming him as this week's #BlueFriday recipient. A special thank you to Sgt. O'Neill for his amazing life-saving efforts.
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