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Heart attack victim revived by Good Samaritan, police

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A good Samaritan and three police officers are being hailed as heroes after they revived a man who suffered a heart attack in New Jersey on Valentine's Day.

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- We are learning about a close call on Valentine's Day at a seafood market in New Jersey. A day of romance turning suddenly into one filled with heroic actions, when a man suddenly collapsed.

- Yeah, a customer noticed and took quick action, likely saving the man's life. Eyewitness News reporter Toni Yates has the story.

TONI YATES: You know those right place, right time stories? Well, this is one of them for sure.

MEGAN MILOTA: It was amazing.

TONI YATES: Thanks to Megan Milota and these officers with the Raritan Borough Police Department, a 52-year-old man who suffered a heart attack on Valentine's Day is alive. It began when Megan went to pick up a food order at Castillo's seafood restaurant on Somerset Street. She walked in and he was unconscious on the floor.

MEGAN MILOTA: The woman that works in the restaurant was on the phone and she was calling 9-1-1. I said, put the 9-1-1 on speakerphone and let me do-- start chest compressions.

TONI YATES: Three police officers, including Sergeant Everett Holt and Chris Hirsch, responded.

EVERETT HOLT: --gathered our medical equipment and applied oxygen to the man who was unconscious.

TONI YATES: And here is the miracle. Megan lives in Maryland. She comes to New Jersey to get her son, Alex, to hockey practice. He plays for a local team. And she just happens to be a CPR instructor, because of a tough lesson about 13 years ago when her daughter Emily was a preemie.

MEGAN MILOTA: My daughter coded when she was a baby, and I panicked and I freaked and I cried and I didn't know what to do. So I said, I'm going to start teaching it so I can teach it in a way that people actually get it.

CHRIS HIRSCH: That makes our jobs a little bit easier. Usually you don't get that. And the results are usually better.

TONI YATES: Her help on Valentine's Day, just inside the doors at Castillo's, was just as critical for another family whose loved one did not die.

EVERETT HOLT: If she didn't perform CPR when she did, it stops the blood flow to the brain and to the organs of the person who needs it.

TONI YATES: The patient's family says he is recovering, and Raritan Borough Police plan to give Megan an award for her lifesaving heroics. In Raritan Borough, Toni Yates, Channel 7, Eyewitness News.