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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MAY 21, 2013



Twelve Survivors to be Reunited with the Rescuers Who Saved Their Lives

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will preside at the 19th annual Second Chance Brunch at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at the FDNY Fire Academy on Randalls Island.  This special event will reunite twelve patients, who have survived cardiac arrest, with the Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), FDNY EMS Officers, Firefighters, bystanders and other first responders who helped save their lives.

This year, five of the survivors received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from bystanders, co-workers or family members before FDNY members arrived.  Research has shown that immediate CPR, coupled with defibrillation within the first few minutes after sudden cardiac arrest, can greatly increase a victim’s chance of survival.  Ten of this year’s survivors benefited from Hypothermia therapy.  In 2010, FDNY Paramedics began hypothermia therapy – administering cold intravenous fluids to cardiac arrest patients before they arrive at the hospital – in an effort to halt muscle and tissue damage as well as preserve neurological function

The twelve survivors include a 40-year-old Canadian tourist who went into cardiac arrest while in Times Square and was aided by bystander CPR and Paramedics from FDNY EMS Station 7 on the west side of Manhattan, a 55-year-old mother of six who collapsed in cardiac arrest aboard a city bus in Brooklyn, and a 56-year-old former FDNY EMT from Rockaway Park, Queens who survived cardiac arrest and has since married.

For more information about learning bystander CPR for free from the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit, call 311 or visit


Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Chief of Department Edward Kilduff; Chief of EMS Command Abdo Nahmod; Chief Medical Director of the Office of Medical Affairs, Dr. Glenn Asaeda; 12 survivors and their families and the emergency responders who saved them


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


Wednesday, May 22 – 11 a.m.

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


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