Retired FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane was found by his wife on the floor of his h…

Retired FDNY Firefighter Kenny Ruane was found by his wife on the floor of his home barely breathing on November 24, 2015. He had felt ill for several days and now his condition had severely worsened. His wife called 911 for help. The Ruane home was soon filled with first responders looking to help. Lieutenant John Hillery and Firefighters Eric O’Connor, Robert Stuart, Steven McCarren and Erwin Arredondo from Engine Company 308; as well as Emergency Medical Technicians Allen Doura and Lawrence Paredes from Jamaica Hospital Medical Center arrived to find Firefighter Ruane in cardiac arrest. They began CPR and administered two shocks with an automatic external defibrillator. Paramedics Emily Moy and Tanika Gillison from Station 50 were next to arrive, providing intravenous medication and cardiac monitoring that showed a critical blockage in Firefighter Ruane’s heart. With the assistance of Lieutenant William Rich of Station 46, Firefighter Ruane was transported to Jamaica Hospital where he recovered for some time. For 43 years, Kenny responded to fires and medical emergencies in New York City, providing outstanding medical care and risking his life to save others. Thanks to the men and women who responded in his time of need, he is enjoying a well-deserved second chance. Tomorrow, May 21st, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Second Chance Ceremony, the Department will welcome back Firefighter Ruane and six additional survivors from previous Second Chance ceremonies. The small group represents the more than 200 lives that have been saved and celebrated at this annual event.


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