Senator Kaminsky awarding a Liberty Medal to ex-Capt. Meyer Adler for his heroic work

Senator Todd Kaminsky secured a $255,000 grant for the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department (“LCFD”), which was used to purchase a brand-new ambulance, electronic patient care report equipment, and a Lifepak monitor-defibrillator. Kaminsky also presented New York State Liberty Medals — the highest award a state senator can bestow on a civilian — to three LCFD members for utilizing the Lifepak device to save a fellow firefighter.

“The brave men and women of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department put their lives on the line day in and day out to save the lives of neighbors in need — and deserve the equipment and resources they need to do just that,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “That is why I procured crucial funds to purchase a new ambulance and vital, lifesaving equipment, and was honored to award three LCFD medics with New York State Liberty Medals for saving a fellow firefighter’s life utilizing equipment purchased from this grant. I am confident that the fruits of this grant will continue to save lives in our community and further the heroic work of the department’s EMTs and paramedics.”

Top row: 2nd Assistant Chief Michael Beilinson, 1st Assistant Chief Thomas Foy, Chief of Department James C. McHugh, ex-Capt. Meyer Adler, Senator Todd Kaminsky, Lt. Shoshana Weiner, Lawrence Mayor Alex Edelman, and Cedarhurst Mayor Ben WeinstockBbottom row: LCFD members Anderson Monzon, Adam Kris, Nicole DeSibio, and Malik Mavrik

On December 21, 2018, LCFD ex-Capt. John Kelly went into cardiac arrest while working in the firehouse. Immediately, Lt. Shoshana Weiner and ex-captains Meyer Adler and Robert Player jumped into action, beginning CPR and defibrillation utilizing the Lifepak device Senator Kaminsky procured for the department. Lt. Weiner, a seasoned paramedic, began advanced life support interventions, and ex-captain Kelly regained a pulse and was transported in an Inwood Fire Department ambulance, as the LCFD’s ambulance was busy responding to another cardiac call. Ex-captain Kelly regained consciousness that night and was discharged from the hospital just over a week later.

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