A cardiac arrest man died after waiting for an ambulance for nearly an hour on a Newark street Tuesday night.

According to witnesses, the incident took place outside St. John’s Church on McCarter Highway, where a Hudson County volunteer nonprofit group serves hundreds of people in need in the city every Tuesday evening.

The man was reportedly waiting in line to get food when he suddenly collapsed.

Help to Feed the Hungry volunteers jumped into action and began resuscitating the man while several others called the ambulance / paramedic multiple times for help.

“Shortly after we started feeding people, one of our regulars suffered cardiac arrest. We tried to keep this man alive for over 45 minutes, ”said one of the nonprofit volunteers.

By the time the EMS unit arrived, the unknown man had already taken his last breaths and was praying by two members of the nonprofit group while he stopped responding to the concrete.

“We managed to feed everyone and stay with the man until help came. In our nearly five years we’ve seen a lot of things: overdoses, seizures and fights, things we don’t normally talk about before us.” all extremely difficult “.

Before the man passed out, I was able to pray for him, “said one of the members of Help to Feed the Hungry.

An apparent shortage of Newark’s EMS / Paramedics fleet has been an issue since the beginning of January, and response time hasn’t improved significantly, forcing city officials to act.

On Friday, Newark Mayor The Honorable Ras J. Baraka and Public Safety Director Brian A. O’Hara will announce that Newark Firefighters will be the first responders to all life-threatening service missions at a press conference on Engine 10. located at 360 Clinton Avenue, Newark, 2 p.m.

Newark Firefighters are sent on all life threatening service calls that require first responders and emergency medical attention, according to city officials.

Mayor Baraka said Newark Firefighters will provide advanced and basic life support services, including heart monitoring and defibrillation, bleeding control, airway clearance, initial wound care, and more.

“Newark Fire Houses will also serve as neighborhood first aid stations and provide basic first aid for minor injuries such as cuts, bloody noses, splinters, etc.,” said Mayor Baraka.

New signs have also been placed on each Newark Fire House notifying residents of these services.