Good Samaritans Help Heart Attack Victim At NY Gym

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’re going to join a gym, make it one that’s popular with off-duty and retired firefighters.

That lesson was learned by New Yorker William LoGerfo after his heart stopped during a workout on a stair climber.

Three men exercising nearby sprang into action and performed CPR.

They were off-duty Firefighter Ken LaBarbera, retired Fire Department Lt. Fred Capetta and off-duty emergency medical technician James Manti.

Together, the trio moved LoGerfo to an open spot on the gym floor and hooked him up to a defibrillator. They delivered a lifesaving shock to his heart and continued CPR until paramedics arrived.

The rescue happened Thursday at a New York Sports Club on Staten Island, where many firefighters live.
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