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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 18, 2009

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER SCOPPETTA PRESIDES AT 15TH ANNUAL
FDNY EMS SECOND CHANCE BRUNCH

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta will preside at the 15th annual Second Chance Brunch at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall’s Island. This special event will reunite 13 New Yorkers from all across the city 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 six people who have benefited from a new program that allows FDNY EMS Paramedics to perform electrocardiograms on scene that can detect critical blockages in the heart, prompting the crew to transport those patients directly to a hospital capable of performing a specialized procedure that opens the blockage and gets blood flowing again to the heart.

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:

Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler, Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Operations Patrick McNally, Chief of EMS Command John Peruggia and 13 survivors and their families and the emergency responders who saved them

WHAT:

Unveiling of new citywide posters celebrating EMS Week 2009Survivors are reunited with members of the FDNY who saved their lives

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 10 a.m.

 

**Photo-Op**

 

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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