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Press Releases / 2008 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2008

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA TO PRESIDE AT
14TH ANNUAL FDNY EMS SECOND CHANCE BRUNCH

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will preside at the 14th Annual Second Chance Brunch tomorrow at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island. This special event will reunite nine New Yorkers from all five boroughs who have survived cardiac arrest and other life-threatening incidents with the FDNY emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters and others who helped to save their lives.

This year, the survivors include an 87-year-old grandmother who was revived by her son and responding firefighters after her heart stopped, and a 1-year-old girl who nearly choked to death before being saved by an FDNY EMS lieutenant.

More than 350,000 people suffer cardiac arrest each year. Research has shown that early defibrillation coupled with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) within the first few minutes after sudden cardiac arrest can greatly increase a victim’s chance of survival.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Operations Patrick McNally, Chief of EMS Command John Peruggia, and nine cardiac arrest survivors and their families and the emergency responders who saved them

WHAT:

Survivors of cardiac arrest are reunited with the members of the FDNY who saved their lives

WHERE:

FDNY Fire Academy, Building 9 Auditorium, Randall’s Island

WHEN:

Monday, May 19, 2008 at 10:00 a.m.

 

 

***Photo-Op

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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