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N.J. medical assistants lauded for performing CPR on man who collapsed at restaurant

Emily Cullen and Angel Navarez helped the cardiac arrest patient regain consciousness before EMS providers arrived


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Anthony G. Attrino

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Two medical assistants who work in a pediatric urgent care were credited Friday with saving the life of a 60-year-old man who collapsed in a nearby restaurant.

Emily Cullen and Angel Navarez administered CPR and other lifesaving measures after finding the victim in cardiac arrest and unresponsive, officials said.

The incident occurred on Oct. 15 at the Foster Village shopping plaza on Washington Avenue in Bergenfield, police said.

The women, employees of Next Generation Pediatric Urgent Care near the restaurant, quickly responded with their co-workers to help the victim regain a pulse, police said in a statement.

As Cullen and Navarez worked to save the man’s life, police and members of the Bergenfield Volunteer Ambulance Corps, along with an ambulance from Holy Name Medical Center, raced to the scene.

“The outstanding actions taken by the members of our community were vital to saving the life of the (man) in cardiac arrest,” the statement said.

The man, whose name was not released, survived. Cullen and Navarez were not immediately available to comment on Friday.

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