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January 24, 2016 1:30 pm

Brooklyn Man Who Suffered Heart Attack While Shoveling Snow Saved by Jewish Volunteer Ambulance Service Medic

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Brooklyn during Winter Storm Jonas. A Brooklyn man collapsed and went into cardiac arrest while shoveling storm that accumulated from the snow storm. Photo: Twitter.

Brooklyn during Winter Storm Jonas. Photo: Twitter.

A volunteer for a Jewish emergency rescue service saved the life of a Brooklyn, NY man who had a heart attack while shoveling snow on Saturday night, the website Yeshiva World News reported.

The 51-year-old went into cardiac arrest while clearing snow that had covered his parked car during Winter Storm Jonas. Seeing the man collapse, a bystander called the Hatzalah service. But even before an ambulance arrived, a Hatzalah volunteer who happened to be shoveling snow from his own car nearby used his Automated External Defibrillator to resuscitate the man, while dozens of neighbors looked on.

Within seconds, a Hatzalah ambulance arrived and evacuated the man to a nearby hospital. His current condition is unknown.

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  • Lauren Goldman

    What a contrast to those who hid in their homes while Kitty Genovese was being stabbed to death while pleading for help. This article shows how an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) saved a life, when the person would have otherwise likely died. All public venues, especially sporting events and schools, should have AEDs. We usually don’t think of schools as places which need these devices, but think of the athletes who collapsed and died, who may have been saved. AEDs can be used by anyone, trained or not, because there are visual and verbal instructions given by the AEDs which lead a person through the procedure. Ideally, more and more regular citizens will get trained to use these life-saving devices. It is a good idea to be aware where these are located, just in case.