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Residents recall life-saving moments with Rotterdam EMS

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Updated: 11/21/2013 10:28 pm

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. – Rotterdam residents continue to voice their support for Rotterdam EMS.

The residents are speaking out in hopes that Rotterdam Emergency Medical Service, REMS, will win the bid to be the permanent EMS provider next month. 

While people may find the thought of riding in an ambulance terrifying, those who has been picked up by REMS found the ride comforting and life-saving.

Christina Alderice, says REMS saved her life.

“My doctor had told me had it been even one more minute, we both would not be here today,” she says.

Alderice went into labor 5 weeks early while she was home and needed to get to the hospital. REMS picked up the call and made a swift response.

“The paramedic was there within three minutes,” recalls Alderice, “And the ambulance was there within five.”

It wasn’t until she had safely given birth to her daughter that her doctor told her how close she came to dying.

Similar stories to Alderice’s echo throughout Rotterdam. Signs have even been put in store-front windows, praising Rotterdam EMS for quick quality service.

“I’m a walking talking miracle, I’m happy to be alive,” says John Mazur.

Mazur had just left the gym and stopped to get gas when he didn’t feel okay and his heart shut down.

“Rotterdam EMS was on that street,” he says, “And was there to be able to CPR on me within a minute.”

REMS attempted to revive Mazur on scene and during the trip to the hospital, but he was considered dead when they arrived.

“The guys at Rotterdam EMS actually did CPR on me for over 40 minutes,” explains Mazur. 

Mazur’s doctors told him it was that extra effort that kept his heart active long enough for doctors to bring him back to life.

“It means life to me,” he said, “Because if it wasn’t for the fast enough response for the cardiac arrest, I probably would have died.”

REMS still has the opportunity to be the primary responder in Rotterdam, on December 5th they are going to give a presentation to showcase why they are the safest and have the highest quality of service in the town. 

Currently, Mohawk Ambulance is responding to calls, however, anyone in the town can request REMS to help them. 

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