2 off-duty police officers help save life of 85-year-old man who collapsed at gym

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Two police officers, neither of them on duty, were in the right place at the right time when an elderly man suffered a severe medical condition at a gym in Brick Township.

The heroics happened around 7 a.m. at Tilton Fitness Brick at 1686 NJ-88.

Their names are officer Jonathan Woolley, an off-duty Howell cop, and Amy Greenberger, a retired Jackson Township officer and personal trainer. Their quick actions saved the man's life. Both were inside the gym when their training in life saving was put into action.

Woolley was starting his day at the gym when he watched the man, a regular at the gym, collapse while using a piece of the equipment.

In a matter of seconds Woolley and Greenberger were at the man's side. He had no pulse, was not breathing, and was turning purple. They both began CPR and used a defibrillator until rescue crews got there about three and a half minutes later.

“We just did what we felt we had to do,” says Greenberger. “I would hope anyone else would do it. I am very thankful he made it and will get to spend another holiday with his family.”

Woolley is a 15-year-veteran of the Howell Police Department, as well as a member of the Monmouth County Emergency Response Team.

The trainers say the man is in good spirits and is joking with staff at the hospital. Greenberger says she encourages everyone to sign up for CPR classes because she says you never know when your training will be put into action to save a life.

 

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