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Local News in Brief : Off-Duty Police Officer Saves Life of Boy, 2

An off-duty police detective was credited with helping save the life of a 2-year-old Northridge boy who collapsed Saturday afternoon at a swap meet parking lot.

Justin Woods went into convulsions and stopped breathing about 3:30 p.m. in a parking lot at a Woodland Hills swap meet, said Los Angeles Police Detective Phil Quartararo of the West Valley Division.

Quartararo, 42, a part-time security guard at the swap meet, said he administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation and revived the boy in less than one minute.

The boy was in fair condition at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Woodland Hills on Saturday afternoon.

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“Maybe it’s just the heat and so forth,” said Soozie Sauz, a hospital spokeswoman. “After a bath, he seems to be very comfortable.”

Bruce Horowitz, manager of the swap meet, hailed Quartararo as a hero.

“There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that he wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Phil,” he said.


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