Off-Duty FDNY Rescue Man During Gym Workout
New York Daily News via YellowBrix
December 04, 2010
STATEN ISLAND – He’s lucky to be alive.
A man who collapsed at a Staten Island health club was saved when an off-duty firefighter, off-duty EMT and a retired FDNY lieutenant all pitched in and came to the rescue.
FDNY Firefighter Ken Labarbera, EMT James Manti and retired Lt. Fred Capetta were exercising at the New York Sports Club on the West Shore Expressway Service Road near Victory Boulevard in Travis at about 2 p.m. Thursday when a man in his 50’s collapsed, said fire officials.
Capetta leaped off a nearby treadmill and Labarbera jumped off his elliptical machine and together they rushed to the man’s aid.
The men, along with Manti, grabbed a portable defibrillator, which was in the gym, and used the machine to shock his heart while doing CPR.
FDNY Engine Co. 154 arrived and took over. By the time the man was loaded into an ambulance, his heart had restarted.
“It was a little weird to be at the gym and start doing this out of nowhere” said Manti.
“This was so well coordinated,” added Retired Lt,, Capetta, who works as a nurse at Staten Island University Hospital South. “We just helped in any way we could.”
“They did a great job and they deserve all the credit,” said Lt. Timothy Ryan of Engine Co. 154, the on-duty FDNY unit that responded to the rescue call. “Their actions saved the victim’s life.”
The unidentified man remained at St. Vincent’s Medical Center today where he is recovering.