Cindy Pascarella and her family pose with members of the Cicero and Clay fire departments, as well as members of NAVAC Ambulance, who helped save her life after she went into cardiac arrest last December.
Cicero On Saturday March 8, members of the Cicero Fire Department, Clay Fire Department and NAVAC Ambulance were honored for their heroic efforts.
Cicero Fire Chief Jon Barrett welcomed Cindy Pascarella, her family, co-workers and members of the Cicero Fire Department, Clay Fire Department and NAVAC Ambulance.
On Dec. 16, 2013 the Cicero Fire Department and NAVAC Ambulance were alerted for an unconscious patient not breathing. As further information was received by the Onondaga County 911 Center it was noted that CPR was in-progress by family members on-scene.
Upon the arrival of personnel from the Cicero Fire Department, Clay Fire Department and NAVAC Ambulance an automatic external defibrillator was used. As a result of the care provided on-scene, Pascarella’s pulse and breathing was regained.
NAVAC Ambulance with the assistance of fire department personnel transported the patient to the hospital at which time she received additional treatment. Chief Jon Barrett and Pascarella presented each member with a Life Saving Award Certificate, pin and flower. These members also had the opportunity to meet Pascarella for the first time since they resuscitated her.
The members honored were as follows:
Cicero Fire Department members: Deputy Fire Chief Ronald Florczykowski, Captain James Meyers, Lieutenants Shawn Shippers, James Perrin and Robert Owen, Past Chief Charles Eastwood, and firefighters David Nicholas, Josiah Dunning, Caleb Frey and John Flanagan.
Clay Fire Department Members: Deputy Chief Matthew Cervino, Lieutenant Donnie Morrell and firefighter Lou Szitar.
NAVAC Ambulance: Paramedic Kevin Roskopf and emergency medical technician Alex Watkins.
The award ceremony was held at Cicero Station No. 1 and was attend by more than 20 people consisting of fire department members, family members and the public.