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Maywood Firefighter Revives Stricken Man, 69, In Paramus Supermarket

Roy De Young Jr.
Roy De Young Jr. Photo Credit: COURTESY: Roy De Young Jr.

MAYWOOD, N.J. -- A 69-year-old Maywood man who went into cardiac arrest Monday in the Paramus ShopRite wasn't breathing and had no pulse when veteran Maywood Firefighter Roy De Young Jr. brought him back to life with a defibrillator.

"I'd done CPR once before, but never this," De Young told Daily Voice a short time later. "We just had [defibrillator] class last year, so I'm grateful.

"This made a nice refresher course."

De Young, a Maywood DPW foreman, was off work Monday when he visited the supermarket "for a few things."

As he headed toward the express aisle, he saw a lane shut down and people standing in a circle.

The victim was on the floor -- no breath, no pulse, "not a darn thing," De Young said -- with a ShopRite employee on his knees next to him.

"I used to be an EMT," the worker told De Young.

"Together we lifted the guy's shirt and started CPR -- still nothing," he said.

Another worker came running with a debrillator.

"We shocked him and he came back," said De Young, 45. "Paramus police and EMS showed up and took over from there.

"He never spoke at all -- he gurgled at first," the veteran firefighter told Daily Voice. "But his condition improved.

"Hopefully he'll come along."

De Young was only 16 years old when he became a firefighter.

"It's pretty much common sense when something like this happens -- as long as you stay cool and collected," he said.

The key, De Young said, is keeping the crowd back.

"All I can say is I was in the right place at the right time," he said.

"I still had to pay for my $41 in groceries, though," De Young added with a laugh. "I'm just glad it worked out well in the end."

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