Heart attack victim revived by Good Samaritan, police

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.

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

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

- It was amazing.

TONI: 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.

- The woman that works in the restaurant was on the phone, and she was calling 911. I said put the 911 on speakerphone, and let me do-- start some chest compressions.

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

- Gathered our medical equipment and applied oxygen to the man who was unconscious.

TONI: 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. 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.

- That makes our jobs a little bit easier. Usually you don't get that, and the results are usually better.

TONI: 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.

- 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: 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.