N.Y. EMS Providers Recognized by Cardiac Arrest Survivor for Life-Saving Efforts
July 9—Gus Gonzalez, EMT-P; Michael Scott, EMT; and Justin Rearick, EMT, Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. EMS professionals, recently provided lifesaving continuation of care for a cardiac arrest patient and are being recognized for their efforts.
Jeremiah Horrigan, a 68-year-old retired journalist, was undergoing a scheduled stress test when he went into cardiac arrest. An orchestra of skilled healthcare professionals, including Gonzalez, Scott and Rearick, put their knowledge and experience into action and subsequently saved his life.
“When I opened my eyes that I didn’t realize had been shut, I saw a big, friendly-looking face hovering over mine,” wrote Horrigan in a Hudson Valley One article where he described his experience with death. “His name, I soon learned, was Gus. He assured me that everything was OK. Gus sketched the outlines of my situation as he and his crew trundled me into the ambulance. “I imagined the thrill I would give (my three-year-old grandson) Conor, when I told him I had ridden in one of the ambulances ... It didn’t occur to me that I might not ever get a chance to tell him.”
Mobile Life Support is the largest emergency medical service provider in the Hudson Valley, serving Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties. The company provides emergent and nonemergent ambulance transportation services to most of the 14 hospitals in its service region, including Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, where Horrigan underwent triple bypass surgery.
“I can't say enough about the professionalism and care these guys demonstrated when I failed my cardiac stress test so catastrophically. It's reassuring to realize that guys like Gus, Mike and Justin do this every day, in every situation, under every condition. I've been very lucky to learn the hard way how true that is,” added Horrigan when he recently visited the Mobile Life Support station in Kingston to thank the EMS professionals who treated and comforted him.
“It’s stories like Jerimiah’s that make the worst days a little more bearable,” said Gonzalez. “We are thankful he is here to tell his tale and are so grateful for his willingness to share it with the world. We wish him a speedy and smooth recovery.”