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Lakewood Cop and Good Samaritan Save Preschooler’s Life

A four-year-old boy is alive today, thanks to quick thinking by a Lakewood Township police officer and a woman who leapt into action for him.

According to information from Detective Sergeant Greg Staffordsmith, Officer Sean Doyle was seated in his squad car late Tuesday afternoon, parked in the township Fire Department lot on East Fourth Street, when a car hurtled toward him with the horn blaring.

Doyle sprang out and encountered a panicked father whose son had no pulse and whose lips were turning blue as he was pulled from the car and handed to the officer.

Police say that while Doyle retrieved a child-size bag valve mask from his cruiser, Lakewood resident Ivana Lopez stepped in and began administering CPR while Doyle inserted rescue breaths.

The youngster began labored breathing under his own power by the time first-aiders arrived, police say.

The boy was admitted to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, where he was initially listed in critical but stable condition.

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