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May 20, 2011

Bystander helps save man's life on NY expressway


NEW YORK — EMS Lts. Douglas Rondon and Christopher Attanasio saved a private contractor who went into cardiac arrest on the Cross Bronx Expressway on May 20. Yet, while many are calling them heroes, the lieutenants credit the work of another man for saving the man's life.

"Fortunately for [the victim], his coworker performed CPR tirelessly until we arrived," Lt. Rondon said. "I believe that CPR saved his life, allowing us to get him to the hospital."

The call was received at 2:33 a.m. for a 50-year-old worker in cardiac arrest near Rosedale Avenue.

Lt. Rondon was the first to arrive on the scene. He found the worker in a truck, with another man doing CPR on him.

They removed the victim from the vehicle and laid him on the ground. Lt. Rondon continued CPR as Lt. Attanasio, who had just arrived on the scene, hooked up an automated external defibrillator (AED). They immediately shocked the patient, which prompted the victim to gasp.

Lt. Rondon continued CPR, and after one cycle, he said spontaneous circulation was restored.

Moments later, Paramedics Thomas Marzigliano and Pesach Zirkind arrived, hooked the man to a monitor and transported him to Jacobi Hospital.

"It's always a great feeling to do your job and get a positive outcome," Lt. Rodon said.

Reprinted with permission from FDNY.