For Ithaca Fire Department, a rare chance to revisit a recent happy ending

January 30, 2015 by Rachel Cera

The Ithaca Fire Department says, "If you're looking for an excuse to become CPR certified, here it is." That's after a recent cardiac arrest survivor stopped by IFD's Central Fire Station this weekend to say hi, and thanks.

A young woman saved in December by a bystander who knew CPR stopped by IFD to say hi. Photo courtesy of IFD.A young woman saved in December by a bystander who knew CPR stopped by IFD to say hi. Photo courtesy of IFD.The story began on December 17th, when IFD was dispatched to a local establishment to assist a young woman. The 25-year-old was in cardiac arrest, and a bystander was providing CPR, when firefighters and Bangs Ambulance personnel arrived on the scene and initiated further measures.

"Through these actions, along with the care provided by two area hospitals, Ann was discharged just a mere two weeks after succumbing to cardiac arrest," the fire department said in a statement. "Ann, along with her mother, walked into Central Fire Station to share some stories, laughter and a few photos."

CPR courses are frequently offered in the Ithaca area by the American Red Cross and by Cornell University EMS. Contact these agencies or your local fire station to ask about upcoming community CPR training opportunities.

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