NEW WINDSOR, N.Y. (July 9, 2018) — Gus Gonzalez, EMT-P; Michael Scott, EMT; and Justin Rearick, EMT, Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. EMS professionals, recently provided lifesaving continuation of care for a cardiac arrest patient and are being recognized for their efforts.
Jeremiah Horrigan, a 68-year-old retired journalist, was undergoing a scheduled stress test when he went into cardiac arrest. An orchestra of skilled healthcare professionals, including Gonzalez, Scott and Rearick, put their knowledge and experience into action and subsequently saved his life.
“When I opened my eyes that I didn’t realize had been shut, I saw a big, friendly-looking face hovering over mine,” wrote Horrigan in a Hudson Valley One article where he described his experience with death. “His name, I soon learned, was Gus. He assured me that everything was OK. Gus sketched the outlines of my situation as he and his crew trundled me into the ambulance. “I imagined the thrill I would give (my three-year-old grandson) Conor, when I told him I had ridden in one of the ambulances … It didn’t occur to me that I might not ever get a chance to tell him.”
Mobile Life Support is the largest emergency medical service provider in the Hudson Valley, serving Orange, Dutchess, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester counties. The company provides emergent and nonemergent ambulance transportation services to most of the 14 hospitals in its service region, including Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, where Horrigan underwent triple bypass surgery.
“I can’t say enough about the professionalism and care these guys demonstrated when I failed my cardiac stress test so catastrophically. It’s reassuring to realize that guys like Gus, Mike and Justin do this every day, in every situation, under every condition. I’ve been very lucky to learn the hard way how true that is,” added Horrigan when he recently visited the Mobile Life Support station in Kingston to thank the EMS professionals who treated and comforted him.
“It’s stories like Jerimiah’s that make the worst days a little more bearable,” said Gonzalez. “We are thankful he is here to tell his tale and are so grateful for his willingness to share it with the world. We wish him a speedy and smooth recovery.”
About Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.
Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. is a New York State Certified Advanced Life Support paramedic ambulance company that provides emergency services to communities and healthcare facilities throughout the Hudson Valley Region of New York State, including the counties of Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Dutchess and Westchester. Founded in 1981 by Rick and Gayle Metzger, Mobile Life is composed of approximately 500 EMS professionals across the region and operates a fleet of more than 60 ambulances and 26 stations. With a collective population of more than 1,000,000 residents, Mobile Life handles over 100,000 calls per year. For more information, visit www.mobilelife.com.