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Saving Jersey City

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Jersey City, New Jersey (My9NJ) - When a snowstorm touches down like the one last week, Jersey City emergency services doesn’t get the night off. These first responders hit the road in dangerous conditions like slick roads, low visibility and extremely cold temperatures to make sure that the people of Jersey City are safe.

During Thursday night’s snowstorm the calls for help kept coming in. The first one they received was for a prisoner who got beat up in jail and had to be taken to the emergency room. Later, they received a call from a woman who stopped breathing. They were able to stabilize her and save her life.

“We looked at her pupils and saw that she had a slow respiratory drive and her pupils were a little sluggish and constricted. We tried Narcan which gets rid of narcotics, but it didn’t work and she wasn’t breathing well enough on her own so we had to put a tube in her mouth,” EMS worker, Michael Very, said.

The Jersey City Medical Center EMS team has been serving the community for over 130 years. In fact, they are the oldest ambulance service in the nation.

Currently these workers are working without a contract due to a controversial contract negotiation with Mayor Steven Fulop.

The Jersey City EMS works in teams of four to six people and they respond to about 90,000 incidents like these a year.


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