NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A group of New Yorkers got the opportunity of a lifetime on Tuesday – the chance to thank someone who saved them from dying.
Nine cardiac arrest survivors reunited with the FDNY paramedics who saved their lives during the 25th annual “Second Chance Ceremony.”READ MORE: Vaccine Mandates For NYC Teachers, State Health Care Workers Head To Court
Among the survivors was a Staten Island dad, a 21-year-old Queens man, and a firefighter.READ MORE: $432M Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold At Manhattan Pizza Shop
Another person counting their blessings – a reverend who was saved by paramedics after he went into cardiac arrest while preaching to his congregation in October.
“I speak every week about a God who gives a second chance and I am sure grateful to the EMTs and the fire department and those people in the congregation,” reverend Jeffery Thompson said.MORE NEWS: Actor Willie Garson, Best Known For 'Sex And The City,' Dies At 57
Since the start of the celebration 25 years ago, the FDNY has reunited more than 200 patients with the outstanding men and women who saved their lives.