Nanuet Man, 67, Revived In Ambulance After Going Into Cardiac Arrest

Second life saved in two days as paramedics respond to cardiac emergencies.

Emergency medical officials and police say a 67-year-old Nanuet man's decision to go into to seek help because he wasn't feeling well Tuesday morning may have saved his life.

Within minutes of seeking assistance, James Kiley suffered cardiac arrest. However, because an ambulance crew and paramedics got to him quickly, he is reported to be in good condition recovering at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern.

Kiley is the second man in two days in Rockland to suffer cardiac arrest but to survive because he got help fast, according to Raymond Florida, director of .

"These are instances in which all the training, equipment and advances in technology pay off," said Florida.

Tuesday's medical emergency erupted shortly after 9 a.m. Clarkstown police Chief Michael Sullivan said he happened to be at Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave., New City, when Kiley walked into the building and complained of chest pain and shortness of breath.

Sullivan said a crew from was called along with members of Rockland Paramedics. Within minutes, Kiley was on his way to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Florida said paramedics , an RPS lieutenant, and Sarah Gallagher had hooked Kiley up to cardiac equipment, which relayed data on his condition directly to cardiac care experts at the hospital. Florida said doctors confirmed Kiley was having a heart attack.

On the way to the hospital, Florida said, Kiley suffered cardiac arrest. He said paramedics Frae and Gallagher then used electric shock and heart medication to revive him. At Good Samaraitan Hospital, Florida said cardiac doctors were awaiting Kiley's arrival and he immediately underwent surgery that cleared an arterial blockage and installed a cardiac stent.

Florida said that by lunchtime, Kiley — a former Nanuet Ambulance Corps member — was sitting up and ordering a meal.

On Monday, members of Rockland Paramedics faced another life-and-death situation when a customer at the ShopRite in West Nyack collapsed in the store off Route 59. Florida said paramedics were able to revive the 58-year-old man and get him to Good Samaritan Hospital for life-saving cardiac treatment.

In this case, paramedics were also able to get to the victim quickly — they were in their quarters at the West Nyack Fire Department substation on Route 59 at the entrance to Palisades Center Mall, across the street from ShopRite.

Florida said close coordination between paramedics and cardiac doctors at the hospital improves the chances of victims surviving heart attacks and cardiac arrest.

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Tracey Johnson April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
The "save" on Monday is still in guarded condition. As a CPR instructor, I have to comment that if it hadn't been for the quick action of a store employee who immediately started CPR on this gentleman, the story may have had a different ending. An amazing to job to all involved, from the actions of the store employee, BLS and ALS crew working together, ED staff at Nyack, and the cardiac team at GSH.
Will Greenhut April 25, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Great save!!!
Michael G April 25, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Mr. Day, paramedics are not volunteers. You should know this.
Tom April 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM
So Ed no comment about voiunteers?
Bernadette Frae April 26, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Thank you for all the positive comments. I would like to Thank Bill Demarest for writing such a nice article. This is only a fraction of what truly happens in a day. This is a team effort. Paramedic Sarah Gallagher does this job 50 hours a week every week with grace, dignity, and professionalism. She is a paramedic that cares for every patient like it is her family member. This man survived because of a team effort starting with Chief Sullivan, PO Garrabrant, PO Kelly, PO Flanigan, The dispatchers, New City Volunteer Ambulance EMT's Warren Holtzman and Barry Silberfarb . Their work often goes unrecognized, they spend weekends,nights, and holidays away from there families. These people truly care about the citizens in their community. There were many lives saved this week and all year. The Paramedics I work with are the best there is. I am honored to work with these professionals everyday. Thank you again for the positive article. We are all so Happy Mr. Kiely can go home and see his grandchildren.


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