Photo by Robert Newkirk.
Mike Clark, president of the Cape May County Fireman's Association along with other members of the association presented an award to firefighter Paul Fritsch for saving the life of a man who went into cardiac arrest while on a fishing trip.
Robert Marcolina, 58, of Pennsylvania and his son Matthew, were fishing off the deck of the Miss Chris 2 on Dec 2. While pulling in a striper, Marcolina went into cardiac arrest.
Within seconds he was unconscious and unresponsive. The boats first mate Christian Maldanado, 23, of Wildwood, along with second mate Paul Fritsch, 18, of Green Creek performed CPR on the man for 30 minutes, after which time he regained a pulse and started to breathe on his own.
Due to the boat's proximity to Delaware, Marcolina was rushed to the shore at Lewes. The boat was met by members of the Sussex County EMS team.
After being stabilized, Marcolina was moved to Thomas Jefferson University hospital in Philadelphia where he is expected to make a full recovery