State Watch

NJ mayoral candidate saves woman's life during door-to-door campaigning

A New Jersey mayoral candidate who was campaigning door-to-door over the weekend saved a woman's life when he saw her lying on the ground.

David Merwin, a councilman for Old Bridge Township who is running to be its mayor, was passing out flyers and introducing himself to residents on Saturday when he noticed mail piled up at a home, according to CBS 2 WLNY.

"I recognized that the lights were on. There were days and days worth of mail. Finally, on the third window I could see a body laying on the ground," Merwin said.

He added that there was "definitely evidence that she was there multiple days."

Merwin told the news outlet he called 911 immediately and went to the back of the home and kicked in a sliding glass door.

Local police say they responded to the scene and took a 68-year-old woman to the hospital. She was conscious and breathing.

"It is very important that those living alone have some kind of alert system. And that's, 'Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up.' Well, this is literally the woman that couldn't get up," Merwin said.

Merwin pointed his decades of experience on the local emergency medical services squad to help prepare him for the situation.