Early Monday morning, Roselle Park Police Patrolmen Kevin Florczak and Mitchell White were dispatched to the Roselle Park Department of Public Works (DPW) for a “Man Down” Report inside the garage. Upon arrival, Patrolman Florczak was directed to the lunchroom area of the garage building where he found long-time DPW employee, Lyman Thompson, age 62, unconscious and not breathing.
Patrolman White arrived on scene and quickly deployed the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED). The AED administered one shock and then the officers began CPR. Patrolman James Cantrell arrived on the scene and started rescue breathing on Thompson. Less than a minute later, Mr. Thompson began showing signs of life.
EMS 9, an ambulance from Atlantic Ambulance Corp., soon arrived on scene and transported Mr. Thompson to Trinitas Hospital in Elizabeth. Thompson was released into the care of the Trinitas ER staff in critical condition.
On Tuesday, Thompson was upgraded to stable condition and was reportedly talking and joking with family and friends.
Lyman Thompson has been employed by the Borough of Roselle Park since 1984. He is also a long time volunteer with the Roselle Park Office of Emergency Management (OEM) / Auxiliary Police, currently serving as Sergeant of the volunteer force.