POINT PLEASANT BEACH – Two officers were awarded at a recent council meeting for their heroic actions that saved the life of a local woman in October.
On October 28, Point Pleasant Beach Police responded to a borough residence for reports of an unresponsive female, later identified as Diane Cucci.
Once on the scene, PFC Kyle Boturla and Officer Antonio Garcia quickly realized that Cucci had no pulse and was not breathing. Boturla and Garcia jumped into action, administering CPR and one shock of the defibrillator. With the shock, Cucci’s heartbeat was restored. The officers continued to administer rescue breaths until first aid and paramedics arrived.
“If not for their immediate actions, Mrs. Cucci would not be alive today. Based on these actions both officers were awarded with the departments Lifesaving award,” stated the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department.
Also recognized was part-time dispatcher Megan Palmer. According to police, Palmer maintained calm throughout the call, coordinated the EMS and paramedics, and regularly updated all parties on Cucci’s condition. Dispatcher Palmer received a letter of commendation for her role in the incident.
At the Dec. 17 council meeting, the officers were recognized and the Cucci family came out to show their gratitude.