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Press Releases / 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2014



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

Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will preside at the 20th annual Second Chance Brunch on Wednesday, May 21 at 10 a.m. at the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn.  This special event will reunite six 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.

The six survivors include Sudhir Mongia who in 2012 was returning from his daughter’s college graduation when he collapsed on a train platform. Mr. Mongia was aided by bystanders on the platform who called 911 and began administering CPR until FDNY members arrived to assume care of Mr. Mongia and transported him to the Hospital.

This year, two survivors benefited from Hypothermia therapy as FDNY Paramedics administered cold intravenous fluids before they arrived at the hospital – in an effort to halt muscle and tissue damage, and to preserve neurological function

One of the survivors received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) from bystanders before FDNY members arrived.  Immediate CPR, coupled with defibrillation within the first few minutes after sudden cardiac arrest, can greatly increase a victim’s chance of survival. In 2013, more than 13,000 New Yorkers were trained by FDNY in bystander CPR.

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; as well as six survivors and their families and the emergency responders who saved them


Fort Hamilton Army Base – Building 207: Community Club (Entrance at the Main Gate – 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway), Brooklyn


Wednesday, May 21 – 10 a.m.

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


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