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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 13, 2008



Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will join members of the FDNY Emergency Medical Service and Van Wagner Chief Executive Officer Richard Schaps tomorrow to officially unveil this year's new citywide posters celebrating EMS Week 2008 which begins across the country on Sunday, May 18.

The FDNY-developed posters showcase 4-year-old Isiah Hollingsworth, who was resuscitated by FDNY emergency medical technicians and paramedics at his Brooklyn home in 2005. The annual public service announcements – which are designed to raise awareness about the life-saving skills of FDNY EMS members -- will be displayed on 350 telephone kiosks donated by Van Wagner, and 40 other bus shelters across the five boroughs.

On July 19, 2005, Isiah was 19 months old when he lost consciousness and had no pulse after falling into his family’s backyard swimming pool. EMS members performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and transported him to a local hospital where he recovered. The four EMS members who helped save Isiah’s life also will attend tomorrow’s ceremony.


Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of EMS Command John J. Peruggia, Van Wagner CEO Richard Schaps, 4-year-old Isiah Hollingsworth and the four EMS members who saved his life


Unveiling of new citywide posters celebrating EMS Week 2008


Van Wagner headquarters, 800 Third Ave. between 49th and 50th sts., Manhattan


Wednesday, May 14, at 10:30 a.m.




Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Tony Sclafani, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056

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