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Greater New York Hospital Association Medal

July 29, 1998, 1336 hours
East 25th Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan

Paramedic Andrew Mazzola

Paramedic George Steffenson

Andrew Mazzola

George Steffenson

Andrew Mazzola is assigned to Cabrini Medical Center. He has been cited by the FDNY numerous times. He attended Jersey City State College. He resides in Manhattan.

George Steffenson is assigned to Cabrini Medical Center. He is the recipient of 20 pre-hospital saves and two other awards. He resides in Mohegan Lake with his wife. He has two daughters, two stepchildren and one grandson.

When responding to a call, EMTs and Paramedics never know what sort of obstacles they will have to face. Oftentimes, gaining access to a patient can be just as difficult as treating a patient. Paramedics George Steffenson and Andrew Mazzola were nearing the end of their shift when they received a call indicating a "jumper down." They arrived at the scene of a construction site, expecting the patient to be on ground level. Much to their surprise, the patient was on the seventh floor. Paramedics Steffenson and Mazzola used the elevator and climbed several flights of stairs to reach the injured patient. They found the 26-year-old male patient lying face-up, alert and oriented, but in severe pain. The construction worker had fallen two stories before bearing down on aluminum temporary flooring. Upon crashing to the floor, the metal tool the construction worker was using impaled his forearm, leaving him in agony and unable to move. Paramedics Steffenson and Mazzola had a difficult situation to attend to, but they were ready for the challenge. The surface the construction worker landed on was very unstable. It was strong enough to break his fall, but interestingly enough, left an imprint of his body. There were also several holes in the surface. One false move and both the patient and the paramedics could have fallen through to the ground. The paramedics injected the patient with morphine to ease his pain and prepared him to be transported to the hospital. They worked carefully, exercising great concern for their patient’s safety. Maneuvering the patient was extremely difficult with the metal object still penetrating his arm, not to mention the dangerous surroundings. Paramedics Steffenson and Mazzola employed a high-rise crane bucket to transport the patient to the ground. He then was rushed to Bellevue Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to remove the metal object. Paramedics George Steffenson and Andrew Mazzola exemplified the highest traditions of the EMS Command. For their courage and bravery, they are awarded the Greater New York Hospital Medal for 1998.--AB

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