RFK Officers Lauded For Saving Man’s Life
A group of MTA Bridges and Tunnels Officers based at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge are being lauded as heroes for saving the life of a man suffering a heart attack on Randall’s Island.
Officer Trent Allston, on duty near the bridge’s Ward’s Island anchorage, got a call around 8:30 p.m. Monday, June 9 that a man at one of the ball fields on the Ward’s end of Randall’s Island was having a heart attack and not breathing. He immediately called the RFK Bronx desk Officer Zapata who in turn notified 911.
Within two minutes, MTA Bridges and Tunnels Sergeants Edward Elsis and Luis Miranda arrived at the scene with an AED defibrillator and observed that the man was not breathing. A bystander had been administering CPR but the man remained unresponsive. Sgt. Elsis removed the man’s shirt while Miranda applied the defibrillator pads.
Other MTA Officers, Sgt. Gennady Garber, Officer Turia Primus and Lt. Edward Aristizbal, arrived to help at the same time the FDNY EMS arrived at the scene. Using the MTA defibrillator, Sgt. Miranda delivered the shock and FDNY personnel continued administering CPR. Suddenly the man began breathing but remained unconscious. From beginning to end, the entire incident took 10 minutes.
“The quick-thinking actions of these officers, who worked together as a team, helped save this man’s life,” said Director of Bridges North Cassandra Edghill, who oversees the Robert F. Kennedy and Henry Hudson bridges. “Each one deserves praise. We couldn’t be prouder of them.”
The man, whose identity is being withheld, was removed by FDNY to Harlem Hospital where he is being treated in the Cardiac Care Unit.