East Williston firefighters to be honored

East Williston firefighters to be honored
Photo courtesy of the East Williston Fire Department

Seven firefighters from the East Williston Fire Department will be honored next week for aiding a resident in 2017.

Firefighters from the department and other regional emergency medical services will receive awards for their service at the Nassau Regional EMS Council Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

The East Williston Fire Department also recognized the rescue as its ambulance call of the year at the annual awards dinner in April.

Department Chief Patrick Theodore and Jonathan Viola are being named the Basic Life Support Provider of the Year.

“It’s an honor to be recognized,” Theodore said. “Everybody did a great job that day and it was a phenomenal team effort.”

David Black, Vincent Delgatto, Nicholas DiPasquale, Kevin O’Donnell and Cesar Romero have also received honorable mention for the award.

On July 15, 2017, police arrived at a home on Fairview Avenue in East Williston where a 45-year-old woman was found unresponsive. Officers began to administer CPR and an automated external defibrillator was set up as Theodore arrived. Soon after the department’s response unit 812 arrived with the rest of those recognized.

CPR was continued as the patient was loaded into a Williston Park Fire Department ambulance for transport to Winthrop University Hospital. After a few weeks in the hospital, the woman was able to resume her normal life.

“We’re all very happy she’s alive today and with her family,” Theodore said.



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