Toms River Officers Praised For Saving A Life

These four were honored for saving the life of a local resident. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

TOMS RIVER – “I was dead,” he said. “At the hospital, they told my wife to get a priest.”

These were the words of Pat Kane, who had a medical emergency in May. Four officers: CSO Jeanea Meola, CSO Erik Lindstrom, Patrolman Michael MacDonald and Patrolman Matthew Crosta were given Life Saving Awards for coming to his aid.

Kane lost his memory of the incident, and weeks before and after. But what he does know is “These guys saved my life,” he said.

“I was in the hospital 15 days. (Then,) I was home a week,” he said. “I go to my mailbox. A car pulls up and a lady says ‘You’re alive. The whole neighborhood thinks you’re dead.’”

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Chris Lundy is News Editor at Micromedia. He has covered Ocean County news and features in various publications since 2003. Lundy worked for Gannett with articles in The Beacon, Observer and Asbury Park Press. He's also written for the Community Connection, Patch and ShoreBeat.