Civilian life savers honored by Pascack Valley PBA Local 206

YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Among those who helped get Gary Haight of the Westwood DPW quickly to the hospital after the hopper of a borough garbage truck crushed his left arm were Kellie Goodell and Richard Woods, who joined several other civilians honored this week by PBA Local 206.

Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot
Photo Credit: Cliffview Pilot

Goodell, Haight, Woods

The honorees included young Brandon Houlis, who used the Heimlich manuever to save his dad’s life.

Theresa Mondo was involved in a similar incident when an 88-year-old Hillsdale woman stopped breathing while choking on a piece of meat in a Westwood banquet hall.

Mondo, who was honored at this week’s event, played a huge role in saving Margaret Elko Rosenbauer, said Westwood Police Officer Scott McNiff, who dislodged the food with the Massachusetts nurse’s help.

As Mondo cleared the prone woman’s airway, McNiff pushed repeatedly on her chest — at least 40 times, by one witness’ account — and Rosenbauer was quickly breathing again.

Theresa Mondo receives honor from outgoing Local 206 President A.J. Pecora

McNiff and Mondo then turned her on her left side and strapped on a high-flow oxygen mask — retrieved from McNiff’s radio car by another civilian honoree, Kevin Saul (SEE: 88-year-old woman hails Westwood officer who saved her life).

The color returned to Rosenbauer’s face and she opened her eyes, witnesses told CLIFFVIEW PILOT.

Other civilians honored by Local 206:

Angela Perkins
Greg Goodell Jr.
Michael Hartmann

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