When 19-year-old Nicholas Pulizzano heard cries for help, he immediately acted, saving the life of his neighbor.
A teenage Stafford resident was recognized by the Township Council and the police department for his actions in saving the life of an elderly neighbor.
Nicholas Pulizzano, 19, was recognized at a recent council meeting with a proclamation.
Pulizzano was outside on August 7 when he heard faint cries for help, according to Mayor Greg Myhre.
He immediately went in search of the caller and discovered his elderly neighbor, who had fallen and was “extremely dehydrated and delirious,” according to Myhre. He stated that she required immediate emergency medical attention.
Pulizzano immediately called Stafford EMS, and his neighbor was transported to Southern Ocean Medical Center, where she received the lifesaving care she required, according to Myhre.
“He really took action where a lot of people might have just gone about their day or said ‘none of my business,'” Myhre said. “Thanks to you, a woman is alive.”
“I believe you saved that woman’s life, so you can have that with you for the rest of your life,” Police Chief Thomas Dellane said.
Officer Anthony Vincent expressed similar sentiments. “There’s not many 19-year-olds in Stafford Township who have that sense of awareness and alertness to follow a faint cry for help,” he said.
“He knew that cry for help was somebody that was in dire need,” Vincent said.
Vincent also thanked Pulizzano’s father for breaking down the back door to get to the woman.
Without Nicholas Pulizzano’s keen awareness, sense of duty, and swift action, his neighbor may have never received the essential, lifesaving care she needed.
For his actions, Pulizzano was presented with a Stafford Township Police Department command citation.