New York, NY July 8th, 2012 – Central Park Medical Unit (CPMU) volunteer EMTs participated in the rescue of a seriously injured patient who fell 20-30 feet from Belvedere Castle while reportedly attempting to scale the rocks. The high-angle rescue, led by NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and with additional support from Lenox Hill Hospital EMS, resulted in the patient being safely extricated from the rocky location and transported to a nearby Trauma Center.
“The fast response, teamwork and coordination of Central Park Medical Unit members alongside the other agencies greatly contributed to a successful rescue,” stated Garry Resnick, CPMU’s Vice President of Operations, who was on the scene of the call. CPMU is widely known for its 3 minute average response time – the fastest in New York State – largely because its members know precisely how to access even the most remote areas of the Park, such as was the case with today’s incident.
The individual CPMU members who participated in the rescue were: Melissa Casey, Megan Flynn, Kevin David Bocanegra Guzman, Timmy Li, and Garry Resnick.
Central Park Medical Unit’s President, Rafael Castellanos, said, “Our dedicated volunteers have saved many lives over the Medical Unit’s three decade history, and we have never charged a patient for our services.” CPMU is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported entirely by donations and grants. Additional information is available at www.cpmu.com and www.facebook.com/ParkMedical.