Woman thanks those who helped save he...

Woman thanks those who helped save her life

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Middleville, NY

#1 Jan 22, 2009
Woman thanks those who helped save her life
Updated: 01/22/2009 06:34 AM
By: Allison Lazarz

CICERO, N.Y.-- Ann Maria Young is doing something a lot of heart attack victims don't get the chance to do. She's thanking the rescue team who helped save her life.

"It's just overwhelming. There's really no words to thank someone for saving my life. They saved my life and they saved my mental capacities," said Young.

In November, Young had a heart attack that left her unconscious and without a pulse. Members of the Cicero Fire Department responded to the call in about three minutes and were able to get her heart beating again.

"A lot of times it doesn't work out this way the way this one did. Tonight is really unexplainable, it's a great feeling, a lot of good emotions, it's amazing to see her when she walks through the door," said Dave Pangaro, deputy chief for the Cicero Fire Department.

Woman thanks those who helped save her life
A Cicero woman beats the odds after doctors said she had virtually no chance of surviving a heart attack. Ann Maria Young was unconscious and had no pulse when firefighters responded to a 911 call at her home in November. Our Allison Lazarz went along as Young made a special trip to Fire Station One Wednesday night.

Doctors didn't think Young would survive this heart attack and said if she did, she'd need a lot of therapy.

"The doctors said I would need speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy and I was also told I was one in 100,000. But thanks to these guys, I survived the one in 100,000," said Young.

More than a dozen of the firefighters and EMTs that Young met were at her home within minutes after her husband called 911 and all of them were instrumental in saving her life.

"This one particular call pays off for all the hours of training that this crew does, you know, that they do day in day out for training and the time away from family and this one call pays off," Pangaro said.

Young was in the hospital for a total of 13 days. She didn't wake up until her seventh day there and began speaking the following day.

Deputy Chief Pangaro says most of the time volunteers from the department are not at the station when calls come in, but says this particular time there was a group in the building who responded to the call.

I am posting a copy of the News 10 story. These kinds of stories need to appear more often for alot of reasons. These stories help increase public knowledge of how our emergency services works and responds. It also shows how tax payer's money is being spent in training our EMS and Fire Departments.
My only question is 'Where was the 911 Dispatcher during this meeting?' It is a shame that 911 dispatchers are only treated as the voice on the phone.....they seem to get forgotten as the 'First Responders' to every EMS and Fire Department incident.
Thanks to News 10 for doing the story, Thanks to the members of the Cicero Fire Department, Thanks to the 911 Dispatcher that took the call and good luck and best wishs to Ann Marie.

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