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.”
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.