A man in his sixties went into cardiac arrest, but was revived by two bystanders at a Queen Anne Road synagogue Saturday, officials said.
Rescuers from the Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Teaneck Fire Department rushed to the congregation to find trained bystanders had used a portable automatic defibrillator and CPR to bring the man back from "clinical death," a medical term referring to the halt of blood circulation and breathing, according to TVAC's Larry Robertson.
Firefighters and EMTs took over, bringing the man to Holy Name Medical Center, Robertson said. The patient was talking by the time he reached the emergency room.
"This was a classic example of the effectiveness of citizen CPR backed up by fast EMS and [Fire Department] response," he said.
The rescue came amid a string of five emergency medical calls handled by the ambulance corps within about an hour that morning. The calls included a 89-year-old woman with difficulty breathing, a 57-year-old man who had internal bleeding and a 63-year-old woman who fell at another local synagogue.