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Press Releases / 2009 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: AUGUST 11, 2009

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

5-YEAR-OLD WHO HELPED SAVE HIS MOTHER BY DIALING 911 IS SWORN IN AS “JUNIOR PARAMEDIC” TOMORROW

A 5-year-old boy from Queens whose quick thinking helped keep his eight-months pregnant mother safe will be sworn in as a Junior Paramedic at 11 a.m. tomorrow at FDNY Headquarters in Brooklyn. Last Wednesday, after his mother passed out and became unresponsive at their home, the boy quickly called 911, providing an address and details about her medical history to the dispatcher. An audio recording of the 911 call will be played and made available to the media.

“As I’ve learned throughout my career and as a father and grandfather, children often surprise us in the extraordinary, unexpected things they do,” Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta said. “This young boy sets an example for every child in this city about the importance of calling 911 in any emergency.”

The boy’s mother, who quickly recovered and expects to give birth to her second child next month, will join her son for the ceremony tomorrow, along with the ambulance crews who responded.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta, Chief of Department Salvatore Cassano,
Deputy Chief of EMS Command John McFarland, as well as the child, his mother
and the EMTs and Paramedics who responded.

WHERE:

FDNY Headquarters Auditorium, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn

WHEN:

Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 11:00 A.M

 

**PHOTO-OP**

 


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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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