On December 25, 2021, Christmas morning, Sgt. Correia performed CPR on an overdose victim and helped save his life.
As Sgt. Correia was making his way to pick up Christmas dinner for his family, he approached a traffic light at Bayway Circle in Elizabeth and witnessed a man slumped over in his vehicle. Seeing that efforts were being made to pull the man out of his vehicle, Sgt. Correia pulled his vehicle over to render assistance to the man, who was now laying in the road next to his vehicle, unresponsive and not breathing. As Sgt. Correia directed witnesses to call 911, he began chest compressions and was able to deduce the man was most likely suffering from an overdose. As Sgt. Correia continued with chest compressions, he asked the growing crowd for Narcan. Sgt. Correia was then approached by a Northern State Prison Corrections Officer, Hugo Rebelo, who came on scene and offered his assistance and a dose of Narcan that he had in his vehicle. After administering the Narcan, Sgt. Correia and the on-scene CO continued chest compressions until the man started breathing again. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter and transported the man to Trinitas Hospital where he recovered.
Sgt. Correia and CO Rebelo’s actions were heroic and selfless as they took time out of their lives on Christmas Day to render aid to a man who most certainly would have died had it not been for their actions.
Union County Prosecutor William Daniel, Chief of Detectives Harvey Barnwell, and the entire Prosecutor’s Office staff commend Sgt. Correia for his heroism on that day. Sgt Correia’s actions exemplify the best traditions of law enforcement and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office.