An Ocean County Sheriff's Department Detective is credited with saving the life of a suicidal man in Manchester Township July 8 along with MPD and Lacey Police.

Detective John Anderson was on routine patrol on Route 539 when he got a call from the Ocean County Communications Division about a missing person from Manchester Township who was possibly suicidal.

According to a Sheriff’s Department report, Anderson was given a description of the man and began to search for his vehicle.

A “ping” on the missing man’s cell phone put his location a short distance from where Anderson was patrolling off Route 539.

The owner of another vehicle in the area told Anderson that the vehicle he was looking for was about 3/4th's of a mile into the woods west of Route 539.

A short time later Anderson found the vehicle and the victim who was on the bed of the truck.

The detective then pulled the victim to the tailgate of the truck and requested EMS and paramedics.

With the victim now unresponsive, Anderson performed a chest and sternum rub on the victim until he made a faint sound and then took some medium breaths.

Anderson was then assisted by Manchester Township police in administering oxygen.

With the help of Lacey Township police officers, the victim was transported to Route 539 where they were met by paramedics and EMS.

He was then transported to University of Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, by Penn-Star 6 helicopter.

Further information on the victims injuries and the incident has not been released.

“I join with Sheriff Michael Mastronardy in recognizing the quick response of Detective Anderson in finding and helping this man,” Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety, said. “Our officers are well trained and are here to help all of our citizens.”

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