Vigilant members rescue man who crashed into tree while in cardiac arrest

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Vigilant members rescue man who crashed into tree while in cardiac arrest
Members of the Great Neck Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Company rescued a 70-year-old man who drove into a tree while in cardiac arrest Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

The Great Neck Vigilant Engine & Hook & Ladder Company rescued a 70-year-old man who crashed into a tree while in cardiac arrest on Saturday, according to Vigilant Chief Justin Sachmechi.

He said Vigilant members who arrived at the scene found the driver at the intersection of Grace Avenue near Gallagher Court in Thomaston around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday.  Vigilant’s EMTs and firefighters, along with members of the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department ambulance unit and the Nassau County police secured the vehicle and began to assist the victim, Sachmechi said.

The driver, whose name was not disclosed by Sachmechi, was transported to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset with a pulse and was able to breathe on his own, he said.  Sachmechi touted the work of Vigilant members along with other emergency squads that aided the driver.

“We are so proud of our dedicated members who were able to work together as a team with our neighboring agencies to save this man’s life and transport him to the hospital in 22 minutes,” Sachmechi said. “The first Vigilant unit was on scene within three minutes of receiving the call.”

Efforts to reach a health care official from North Shore University Hospital for an update on the driver were unavailing.

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