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Sayville Students, Staff Help Save District Worker's Life

Fast response and a defibrillator kept high school custodian Mark Moskwa alive.

On the Tuesday morning before the Thanksgiving break, the Sayville High School community averted a near tragedy through the fast response of student witnesses and staff members trained to save a life with the A.E.D. (Automated External Defibrillator)

When substitute custodian Mark Moskwa suddenly collapsed in the science hallway, three alert students Emma Patterson, Sabrina Mayrose, and Nicole Del Gaudio responded immediately and sought help.

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In split seconds, School Nurses Ellen Gugliotta and Susan Rende, along with Health Aide Sallie Pellegrini, detached the wall-mounted A.E.D. and joined Science teachers Lou Gittler, James Knote, and Jenn Stewart-Hassett who, because of their CPR certification, had also step forward to assist. Their concerted efforts and heroic persistence (which included using the paddles five times to get sinus rhythms) until the ambulance arrived absolutely contributed to saving Moskwa’s life.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Moskwa made a full recovery in the hospital and was soon released. In gratitude for the miraculous intervention of the life-saving team of “angels,” Moskwa returned to the High School, looking fit and greatly improved, to express his personal thanks.

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Big Joe November 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
A great testimony to the people who have taken the time to learn CPR and the district for having AED's in place. Life is so precious. Great story.


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