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Another Quick Response and Coordinated Effort Save Life of Person Experiencing a Sudden Cardiac Arrest

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Just after 4:30 in the afternoon on Friday, June 28th, emergency personnel, including the Cortland Fire Department, were dispatched to a residence in the City of Cortland’s First Ward for a 39-year old male having sudden cardiac arrest.


Cortland Fire says the address to the call is one of the further points in the department’s coverage for the City of Cortland, but the department says firefighter and paramedic, Androschuk, was patrolling the area as they are part of the department’s Codes Office.

Androschuk was able to arrive at the scene just 90 seconds after the initial call and began performing CPR on the patient. TLC EMS and Cortland Police arrived on scene just seconds later with CPD Officer Zacek assisting with compressions on the patient and placing defibrillator pads. TLC Paramedic Casterline and crew then worked on ALS (Advanced Life Support) interventions.

Cortland Fire says the patient was in a cardiac rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation and was defibrillated twice where he then had a return of spontaneous circulation. The patient was then transported to Guthrie Cortland Medical Center before he was then transported again to a Syracuse Hospital.

Cortland Fire credits the successful outcome of the emergency call from high-quality CPR, access to a defibrillator device, and a well-coordinated operation between emergency agencies.

One of the personnel assigned to the ambulance was Cortland Fire Department paramedic student Holl, who was assigned to the ambulance to complete his training and is in the final stages of the paramedic program with 200 hours of ambulance ride time. Cortland Fire also credits this role in the successful outcome.

The Department of Emergency Response and Communications was also credited with their crucial role in the event with the dispatcher providing CPR instructions over the phone to the caller prior to emergency personnel arrival.

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