An off-duty Morris County law enforcement officer, Constable Amato, responded to and saved the life of a man at a BP gas station in Denville, NJ.
Morris County District Attorney Robert J. Carroll credited Morris County Law Enforcement Officer Gus Amato for providing life-saving medical assistance while off duty last month.
The commendation, signed by District Attorney Carroll, First Assistant District Attorney Maggie M. Calderwood and Chief of Detectives Christoph K. Kimker, was prompted by Agent Amato’s potentially life-saving actions on Thursday, September 15, 2022.
At approximately 12:10 p.m., on a scheduled day off, Constable Amato entered the BP gas station at 42 East Main Street in Denville, New Jersey, where he observed an employee (who refused to ‘be identified) in the convenience store showing strange signs. and peculiar behavior, appearing confused and disoriented.
Based on his previous law enforcement experience and first aid training, Constable Amato correctly identified that the victim was suffering from a medical episode. Constable Amato helped the victim to the ground, then called 9-1-1 and requested medical assistance.
While awaiting the arrival of emergency services, Constable Amato continued care and eventually determined that the victim may be suffering from a diabetic episode. At this time, Constable Amato asked another patron of the establishment to get a can of soda, then assisted the victim as she consumed it.
Once the victim ingested soda, the condition improved, but the medical distress continued. Officer Amato continued to monitor the situation until emergency services arrived and cared for the victim who was ultimately hospitalized for several days.
The victim then spoke with Officer Amato and said: “Thank you, you saved my life,” several times.
Prosecutor Carroll said“during this incident, Constable Amato exemplified his dedication to public service and demonstrated how professionals are always on duty. Not only does he represent himself well, but also the Morris County District Attorney’s office.”
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