Officer, dispatcher help save man’s life in Wall Township

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A 911 dispatcher and a Wall Township police officer are being credited for saving a man’s life last week.

Dispatcher Rachel Murray says that she took a frantic call from a woman last Friday after the woman’s 65-year-old husband collapsed and was unresponsive.

"I asked her, ‘Do you know how to do CPR?’  And she said ‘No,’ and so I said, ‘Do you want me to lead you through it?’” Murray says.

Murray was able to talk the wife through how to give chest compressions. While this was happening, Wall Township Police Officer Devon Corso was on his way.

“The call came out, and I was luckily near it,” he says.

When he arrived, he says, “I see an individual laying on the ground. He’s blue in the face. Doesn’t look like he’s breathing at all.”

Corso says that he took over chest compressions while Murray offered reassurances to the wife over the phone. Corso says that he eventually pulled out a defibrillator (AED) to shock the man back to life.

“We were able to get a shock on him thorough the AED,” Corso says. “He started breathing again on his own.”

The man was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. Corso says that he was able to meet man on the hospital Thursday, and the man’s family thanked him for saving his life.

Corso says that this was the first time he ever had to use the AED in his two years on the force.

Corso and Murray both credited the save to good communication and their passion for helping those in need.

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