Firefighter suffers coronary heart assault responding to name

A firefighter with the New Milford Volunteer Fire Department suffered a heart attack while responding to a report of a water leak, officials said Thursday.

The firefighter, who was not identified, collapsed in the truck on the way to the call on Wednesday night, according to Fire Chief Ross Rhein.

Other firefighters on the truck performed CPR and used a defibrillator device, Rhein said.

“He was immediately transported to Hackensack University Medical Center where they were able to regain a pulse and independent breathing,” Rhein said.

Rhein said the firefighter was stable Thursday night but remained in the intensive-care unit as hospital staff continued to run tests.

“We are not out of the woods yet, but there have been many positive initial signs and we pray for a full recovery,” the chief said.

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