Correction 2:15 p.m.: Citing local officials, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated the age of the woman who was saved by emergency responders. She is 25, not 24.

We have also updated this story to say that the woman remains in serious condition.


Ithaca, N.Y. — Ithaca firefighters performed CPR and helped saved a woman’s life at the Argos Inn in lower Collegetown last week, according to Lieutenant Tom Basher.

Also crucial to saving the woman’s life were the Bangs Ambulance crews that took her to the hospital and the doctors that worked in the emergency room, said George Tamborelle, a Bangs supervisor.

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Around 9 p.m. last Wednesday, the Ithaca Fire Department arrived on scene at the Argos Inn at 408 East State Street about two minutes after they were notified that someone needed medical assistance.

After arriving on scene, Basher said, firefighters performed CPR on the 25-year-old woman who was not breathing and had no pulse.

Shortly after performing CPR, members of the Bangs Ambulance crew “were able to shock her with the defibrillator.” Basher said that without the assistance of both Bangs and the fire department, the woman would have died.

The woman was transferred to Cayuga Medical Center following the incident, Basher said. She remains in serious condition.

George Tamborelle, of Bangs, also spoke of the rapid transport that kept the woman alive and credited ambulance crews’ hard work.

“There was an entire ambulance crew that really worked hard,” he said. “…That positive outcome is absolutely the result of the entire team effort.”


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Kyle Friend

A senior at Cornell University, Kyle covers the affordable housing crisis for the Ithaca Voice. Reach him through e-mail: kyleafriend@gmail.com.