New York, NY March 14, 2011 – The New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Central Park Precinct Community Council (CPPCC) will recognize 14 volunteer members from the Central Park Medical Unit (CPMU) for two separate acts of exceptional service to the community: for saving a life in November of 2010; and for their bravery, compassion and commitment to caring for the citizens of New York City during the Blizzard of 2010 on December 26 and 27, 2010.
“It is truly an honor to receive this award. Not only does it recognize CPMU’s volunteer work and dedication, but also the individual members’ heroic efforts during New York City’s time of need,” stated Rafael Castellanos, President of Central Park Medical Unit. “These fine men and women stepped up to the plate when there were more than 170 ambulances stranded or otherwise disabled. They supported the citizens of New York, and we are proud to support them.”
The NYPD and the CPPCC will present Certificates of Appreciation to the members of CPMU for their volunteer efforts during the Blizzard of 2010, where there were more than 1,300 calls pending for ambulances in the snow-crippled city. When CPMU was called to assist New York City’s backlogged resources, volunteer members worked around the clock and freely donated their time and skills to provide vital ambulance services. The members being awarded for their efforts during the Blizzard of 2010 are Garrison Resnick, Samuel Bruce, Suki Fujioka Muller, Brian Goldberg, Kellene Mullin, Rafi Zigmund Castellanos, Freddy Cheng, Jason Ares, Roger Thomas, Nick Holsapple, Tom Duggan, Greg Levow, Michael Jones and Rafael Castellanos. In addition, NYPD is also presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Brennon Jones, Staley Dietrich, Jonathan Kleisner and Samuel Bruce for saving the life of a man who suffered a heart attack and was in full cardiac arrest in Central Park on November 21, 2010.