- by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
In the short time it took for the First Responders to arrive, Arnold was able to remain in control of the vehicle, steering it out of traffic's way and allowing it to rest at a utility pole. The officers found Arnold inside of his vehicle unconscious and unresponsive. They removed him from the patrol car and immediately began life-saving measures, soon assisted by the West Essex First Aid Squad.
As CPR continued to be employed on Arnold, he was rushed by ambulance to Mountain Side Hospital; numerous police departments along the route saw to it that the path along Bloomfield Avenue was kept clear of traffic. In a video produced by the Hackensack University Health Network, Arnold choked up as he recounted the experience, of which he has no memory.
The doctors quickly determined a very large artery had closed due to a blood clot, which made his heart stop. In the "short window of time" that they had to attempt to correct the situation, doctors surgically cleared the blockage, opened the blood vessel, restarted the heart, but still had to wait to see if he would ever recover from the experience neurologically.
"So about three hours after the angioplasty, we ran a CATscan,
we do neuro-checks - we check to see if there's any chance
that he came back," Mariano explained, shaking his head,
"and it's so rare that people wake up after an event like this,
especially in only a couple of hours.
Many times it takes days and days.
Remembering this, it's just incredible, it really is.
Almost reflexively I said, 'Officer Arnold, move your toes,' and he moved them.
I couldn't believe it. I thought I was seeing things.
I said, 'Wiggle them again;' and he started wiggling his toes.
And it's like, at that point, I said, "he's gonna make it..."
"When CPR is preformed, you are basically working as that persons heart,"
the Instructor explained.
"The compressions pump the blood,
and keep oxygenated blood flowing to the vital organs.
Breaths are supplied so that fresh oxygen can be absorbed
back into the blood stream and thus
pumped through out the body by the compressions.
If it wasn't for the quick action of the early CPR on Sergeant Arnold,
than no procedure after it would have ever worked.
The brain can only survive so long without oxygen,
that's why CPR is so important;
it greatly increases a persons chances of survival."
First Responders Recognized
Caldwell Police Officers
- Police Chief James H. Bongiorno
- Lieutenant Demetrious Andrinopoulos
- Officer Matthew DeAngelo
West Caldwell Police Officers
- Captain Gerard Paris
- Detective Paul Mazzeo
- Corporal Lenny Santiago
- Patrolman Greg Ruesch
West Essex First Aid Squad
- Captain David Black, accepting on behalf of the First Aid Squad
"In the case of someone having a heart attack
- seconds count," Caldwell Mayor Dassing expressed.
"Our emergency responders know this and their quick actions,
as well as the actions of Mark Sauer, a Caldwell resident
who witnessed Sergeant Arnold having trouble driving the police car
and called 911, all added up to him being here with us today.
We truly live in a special place!"