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Press Releases / 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2010

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

CARDIAC ARREST SURVIVOR MEETS FIREFIGHTERS AND
BYSTANDERS WHO SAVED HIS LIFE DURING MASS AT TIMES
SQUARE CHURCH

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano and Reverend Stephen Gerth will introduce members of Engine 65 and members of The Church of St. Mary the Virgin to the man whose life they saved on an altar in front of several hundred parishioners, tomorrow at the church, 145 West 46th Street at 11 a.m.

On January 6, 2010 during a mass celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany, Dr. Leroy Sharer went into cardiac arrest on the altar.  Members of the church quickly called 911 and began to perform CPR on Mr. Sharer.  Firefighters from Engine 65 arrived in minutes and took over performing CPR.  The members of Engine 65 were able to help Mr. Sharer regain his pulse before he was transported to the hospital.

“Thanks to the quick actions of the members of this Parish, and this Department, a man is alive today,” said Commissioner Cassano.  “It doesn’t take a miracle to save a life, learning CPR can give you the knowledge needed to do so.”

The FDNY Mobile CPR training Unit offers free CPR training at EMS stations and New York Sports Club locations every week.  Since the start of the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit in April 2005, an estimated 40,000 people have been directly trained to perform CPR and an estimated 65,000 have been trained by those who have completed the free class.

For more information on how to learn CPR, visit www.nyc.gov/service or call 311.

WHO:

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff, firefighters from Engine 65, cardiac arrest survivor Dr. Leroy Sharer, Father James Ross Smith, parishioners from The Church of St. Mary the Virgin

WHERE:

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46 Street, Manhattan

WHEN:

Thursday, April 1, 2010 - 11 a.m.

**PHOTO OP**


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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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