Emergency responders saved a man who was in cardiac arrest last month.
Being in the right place at the right time played a key role in saving the life of a 55-year-old Bayport resident on Tuesday, Jan. 27.
As the second day of blizzard Juno was winding down, Bayport Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Dolce was assessing the aftermath of the storm. As Chief Dolce was driving home on N. Bayport Ave he saw a man frantically waving his hands and several other people running towards a driveway. Paul stopped his chief’s vehicle and witnessed a man lying on the ground behind a snow blower. Prior to exiting his truck, Paul called Bayport Fire Dispatch and requested further help.
Dispatcher Charlie Zigrosser simultaneously activated the Bayport FD, Community Ambulance Company and the Suffolk County Police Department. As the multi-agency response was being put into effect, Chief Dolce and three neighbors went into action. Arriving at the same time was Chief Dolce, Scott McKendrick, Tom Knapp and Janine Jaeger. Due to the nature of their professions and having seen this situation before, they all came to the same conclusion that there was a good chance this individual was in cardiac arrest.
After confirming the victim was indeed in cardiac arrest, Chief Dolce prepared the AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and rapidly applied it. The AED analyzed the victim, advising the male did not have a pulse and to deliver a shock. As soon as the shock was administered, Bayport Fire Department Captain Jerry Dietz arrived and together with Janine Jaeger they began rescue breathing and chest compressions. Shortly after the first shock, McKendrick and Captain Dietz checked for a pulse and it was determined the victim indeed had a pulse.
While continuing patient care and in less than three minutes, the rest of the Bayport F.D., Community Ambulance Company and SCPD arrived on scene. At this time patient care was turned over to Community Ambulance Chief and paramedic Chris Gonzales, as well as other members of the ambulance company who initiated advanced life saving measures and rapidly transported the victim to Southside Hospital.
Due to the outstanding joint effort by the Bayport Fire Department, Community Ambulance Company and the neighbors, the patient is home and expected to make a full recovery. These events epitomize the use of AED devices as well as being trained in CPR. The public and Emergency Service personnel worked hand-in-hand, side-by-side to save a neighbor’s life.
Photo courtesy of the Bayport Fire Department: Pictured from left, are Tom Knapp, Captain Jerry Dietz, Assistant Chief Paul Dolce, Janine Jaeger, Scott McKendrick seen with the AED units that are carried in all Chiefs’ vehicles and other department apparatus.
This article is from Patch.com Original story: http://patch.com/new-york/sayville/team-effort-saves-bayport-mans-life-following-snowstorm
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