ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -On a cold December evening, a Foodtown customer rushed into the grocery store to alert employees that a man was in distress in the parking. The 20-something-year-old man was lying in the snow and was not breathing.
Store cashiers Kelly McBride, 17, of Navesink and Lisa Garzone, 20, of Hazlet and a student at Immaculata University immediately went to the man, checked his pulse, and started cardio-pulmanary resusitation (CPR). As Kelly began compressions on the man's chest, Lisa administered mouth-to-mouth breathing. Soon the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad responded to the scene and helped revive the man who was transported to the hospital.
"An amazing act of human kindness," said Food Circus president Lou Scaduto, owner of the Atlantic Highlands Foodtown, about the actions of his employees. "It speaks volumes about your character," he told Kelly. He presented a bouquet of flowers and gift check to Kelly during a ceremony at the store Friday. Lisa Garzone was away at school.
Kelly McBride is a senior at Mater Dei Prep and has been a cadet with the Atlantic Highlands First Aid Squad for two years - following her family's tradition of public service. Her father, Sean McBride, is a member of the both the Atlantic Highlands squad and the Navesink Hook and Ladder Company. Her brother, Sean Jr. is also a member of the Fire Company.
Lisa Garzone, a Raritan High School graduate, is a nursing student at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania. Kelly also plans to attend the University and become a nurse practitioner.
Craig Palmer, associate principal at Mater Dei, presented Kelly with a plaque that reads, "Kelly McBride, Class of 2014, is recognized and honored for her courageous act of bravery that occurred Friday, December 20, 2013 while working at Food Circus Supermarkets in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. Kelly administered CPR to a male customer who collapsed in the parking lot. Kelly's act of heroism saved a man's life. The administration, faculty and students of Mater Dei Prep are proud of Kelly's extraordinary moral and physical courage."
Jerry Pandolo, chief of the AH First Aid Squad, said teens age 14-18 can become cadets with the squad and get emergency medical training. At age 16, cadets can ride along on ambulance calls and get training to become an Emergency Medical Technician. At age 18, they can join the squad.
The First Aid Squad provides CPR training throughout the year for the general public and for child-care and other organizations free of charge, said Pandolfo. For information about classes call (732) 291-8118 or visit http://www.ahems.org/