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Press Releases / 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 16, 2011

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

FIRE COMMISSIONER CASSANO PRESIDES AT
17TH ANNUAL FDNY EMS SECOND CHANCE BRUNCH

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will preside at the 17th annual Second Chance Brunch at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 17 at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randall's Island. This special event will reunite 10 people who have survived cardiac arrest and other life-threatening incidents with the Emergency Medical Technicians, Paramedics, Firefighters and others who helped save their lives.

This year, four of the survivors benefited from Hypothermia therapy. In August, Paramedics began administering cold intravenous fluids to cardiac arrest patients before they get to the hospital in an effort to halt muscle and tissue damage as well as preserve neurological function. Since then, 4,486 patients have received hypothermia therapy, allowing EMS crews to restore a pulse in one in three resuscitations, compared to one in four a year earlier.

The 10 survivors include an 18-year-old Bronx woman who suffered cardiac arrest while headed to school for final exams, a 30-year-old who collapsed while having dinner with her boyfriend in Brooklyn and a Staten Island man who was initially helped by three off-duty FDNY members while exercising at a local gym.

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 Salvatore J. Cassano, Chief of Department Edward Kilduff, Chief of EMS Command Abdo Nahmod, Division Medical Director Dr. Bradley Kaufman and 10 survivors and their families and the emergency responders who saved them

WHERE:

FDNY Fire Academy, Building 9 Auditorium, Randall's Island, NY

WHEN:

Tuesday, May 17 at 11 a.m.

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

http://www.nyc.gov/fdny

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