On Monday, August 24th, 2020 at 2:04 pm, the Cedar Grove Police received a 911 call reporting a female experiencing an severe allergic reaction to food and difficulty breathing. Upon arrival, police found the patient in anaphylactic shock, her face swelling and her airway closing. Officers Hoyt and Cardona administered oxygen. Atlantic Ambulance arrived moments later. Atlantic EMT’s administered epinephrine via an EpiPen they carry as standard equipment. The swelling was reversed, the subject breathing improved, and she was then subsequently transported to Mountainside Hospital. Anaphylactic shock is a life threatening condition. Timely actions taken in those first critical minutes are crucial. In this case, bringing immediate relief to the resident.
Chief J. Cirasa