MORRIS COUNTY — On Tuesday, Oct. 11, Morris County District Attorney Robert J. Carroll praised Constable Gus Amato for providing medical assistance while off duty.
The commendation, signed by District Attorney Carroll, First Assistant District Attorney Maggie M. Calderwood and Chief of Detectives Christoph K. Kimker, was prompted by Agent Amato’s potentially life-saving actions on Thursday, September 15, 2022.
At approximately 12:10 p.m., while on leave, Constable Amato entered the BP service station, 42 East Main Street, Denville, where he observed an employee (who declined to be identified in this release ) inside the convenience store. exhibiting strange and peculiar behavior, and who seemed confused.
Based on his previous law enforcement first aid training and experience, Constable Amato correctly identified that the victim was suffering from a medical episode. Constable Amato helped the victim to the ground, then called 9-1-1 and requested medical assistance. While awaiting the arrival of emergency services, Constable Amato continued with care and eventually determined that the victim may have been suffering from a diabetic episode, at which time he asked another patron at the facility for help. ‘get a can of soda, then helped the victim while consuming it.
Once the victim ingested soda, the condition improved, but the medical distress continued.
Officer Amato continued to monitor the situation until emergency services arrived and cared for the victim, who was eventually hospitalized for several days. The victim then spoke with Constable Amato and said, “Thank you, you saved my life,” repeatedly.
Prosecutor Carroll said, “During this incident Constable Amato exemplified his dedication to public service and demonstrated that professionals are still on duty. Not only does he represent himself well, but also the Morris County District Attorney’s Office.