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Lawrence Club Staffer Saves Life of Golfer (Updated)

Long-time employee delivers jolt of life to heart attack victim.

This story is by Tom Cohen and Deputy Chief Anthony Rivelli, of the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department

An employee of the Lawrence Yacht and Country Club helped save the life of a 76-year-old Oceanside man on Saturday morning.

At about 11 a.m., the man had collapsed on the golf course. As frantic bystanders dialed 911, others began CPR. Alerted by the other golfers in his group, Vinny Biondo, a 37-year employee of the club, responded to the 11th hole to find the heart attack victim comatose.

Having received CPR and defibrillator training, Biondo determined that the golfer had a very rapid pulse. He applied the defibrillator and pushed the shock button to deliver the life-saving jolt of electricity. Following the display screen's message, Biondo then started CPR.  

An ambulance from the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department arrived within three minutes of the call with Paramedic Gary Benedict and EMT Morti Eliyahu. The man was loaded into the ambulance in cardiac arrest. Additional LCFD rescuers arrived, including Deputy Chief Anthony Rivelli, EMTs Patrick Koehler and Frank Abrams and Commissioner Manny Paradiso.

As Benedict adminstered advanced life saving techniques, the firefighters rotated performing CPR. While en route to St. John's Hospital, the rescuers established a pulse and the victim began to breathe of his own. The man is reported to be improving.

LCFD rescuers have responded to similar events on the greens of the Lawrence course in recent years.

"There isn't a doubt in my mind that early CPR and use of an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) in conjunction with rapid ALS saved this man," Rivelli said. "The staff at Lawrence is great, and they are prepared for incidents as this one."

LCFD members responded to three more calls for EMS service in the course of the day.

Nassau County Police also responded to the scene. 

Moshe October 07, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Kudos to the staff member for responding, However did the reporter consider doing any research before writing this? If the person had a pulse there was no need to hookup the AED. Also how about recognizing the paramedics and EMT's from the LCFD for their part in providing this person with with Advanced life Support and contributing to saving this persons life.
Stephen J. Bronner October 07, 2012 at 10:32 PM
A reporter did not write this story, but a Patch user who was at the scene. That said, these are excellent points and surely the volunteers deserve kudos and appreciation as well.
Sam October 08, 2012 at 04:48 AM
I was told from a by stander the guy didn't have a pulse even after they shocked him
Mike P. October 08, 2012 at 06:56 AM
This just shows how valuable Lawrence Employees really are !!! Mike P. Little Cheif
Carmela Soprano October 08, 2012 at 11:09 AM
I was told it was ventricular fibrillation, which can look like a rapid hearbeat to the un-trained eye. Kudos to Biondo, NCPD and the LCFD team!
Stephen J. Bronner October 08, 2012 at 02:08 PM
The story has been updated with information from Deputy Chief Anthony Rivelli. Please read through it again.
Tom Cohen October 08, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Forgive me for the sketchy details, I'm not a reporter. I just wanted to highlight Vinny Biondo's heroic efforts and the wonderful work of the LCFD & NCPD.
joe October 08, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Good job vinnie Lawrence employees were always the best.
Grace Jaen October 09, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Great job Vinny!!!
Fredrick brown October 10, 2012 at 03:52 AM
EMT , Firefighters , police, and every other life saving occupation is without doubt the real everyday heroes we live amongst ... Great job!!!
Al Musella October 13, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Great job! It is always OK to hook up the AED... the AED will evaluate the situation and will only fire if needed. An AED (along with a cool headed person to use it!) drastically improves the chances of survival in a situation like that.


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