An off-duty Suffolk County police officer, who had just left training for Advanced Life Support, revived an elderly man who suffered a heart attack in Mount Sinai Friday afternoon, police said.

Lance Prager, an emergency services section officer, was at Agway of Port Jefferson on Route 25A at 3:27 p.m. when he witnessed the man suffer cardiac arrest, police said. The 86-year-old man fell to the ground and had no pulse and wasn’t breathing, police said.

That’s when Prager jumped into action and asked an employee at the store to grab his medical kit from his car as he started CPR. Two patrol officers arrived and started doing compressions and helped administer a shock with a defibrillator, police said.

The man started breathing again and was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson where he is in critical but stable condition, police said.


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