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Never Off Duty When It Comes To Life Saving Efforts

By Ron Jeffers, New Jersey Editor | December 01, 2020 | NEW JERSEY

Story No. 102020108

While traveling on Route 80, at the beginning of rush hour in the Elmwood Park area, October 6th, off duty Hackensack Deputy Fire Chief John Taylor came across a motor vehicle collision in the left lane. He decided to stop and assist.

Taylor observed the driver of a pickup truck still in the vehicle. He broke the back window and, with the help of two other motorists, removed the unresponsive victim from the truck and on to the road. Chief Taylor and a woman motorist began CPR on the 63-year-old man until the arrival of state police. The police utilized an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to shock the victim. DC Taylor, the woman and a state trooper continued CPR for approximately 15-minutes until the arrival of EMS, who took over patient care. The victim was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, according to officials.

Deputy Chief Taylor is an example of the many dedicated first responders that not only have been trained to help others, but it's in their blood.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.