CENTRAL ISLIP - A Suffolk cop is being hailed a hero this morning for saving a firefighter's life.

Officer Alicia Bentz and veteran firefighter Eugene Cilhar were the only people in the Central Islip firehouse yesterday afternoon.

Bentz says as she was leaving the firehouse, she heard a crash and found the 74-year-old firefighter on the floor.

Cilhar was unconscious and not breathing. Bentz first used CPR on the firefighter then a defibrillator.

Cilhar began breathing again and is now at Southside Hospital in stable condition.