NJ troopers save retired police sergeant pulled from car crash

The two troopers, who performed CPR and cleared the sergeant's airway, are credited with saving his life

By Anthony G. Attrino

BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. — Two New Jersey State Police troopers revived an unconscious and unresponsive retired sergeant after he was pulled from a multi-vehicle crash on I-80 in Bergen County on Tuesday, authorities said.

Troopers Kyle Gorman and Pierre Haddad, both from Troop B in Totowa, arrived at the wreck in Saddle Brook near milepost 61.8 as an off-duty firefighter pulled a man from one of the cars, state police said.

Retired State Police Sgt. First Class Peter Visconti was unconscious and not breathing, State Police officials said.

Troopers Kyle Gorman (left) and Pierre Haddad.
Troopers Kyle Gorman (left) and Pierre Haddad. (New Jersey State Police)

Gorman used a defibrillator to perform CPR. After several tries with the device, Visconti regained a pulse but was still gasping for air and struggling to breathe, state police said.

Haddad, who is also an EMT, used an oral airway tube to assist his breathing with oxygen until paramedics could arrive and take him to a hospital, state police said.

State Police said in a statement on Wednesday that Visconti was expected to make a full recovery from his injuries.

They credited the actions of Gorman and Haddad, along with several unnamed bystanders, in saving the Visconti’s life.

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