Rochester, NY: AMR Reunites Cardiac Arrest Survivors with First Responders


Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ceremony honored 55 first responders who saved lives.
First responders from American Medical Response (AMR) were recognized for their lifesaving efforts during a Cardiac Arrest Survivor Ceremony on May 23. The ceremony honored 55 first responders for the care they provided to 35 cardiac arrest patients in 2023. Three of the patients attended and were reunited with the first responders who saved their lives.

“It is a great honor to recognize the lifesaving work of our EMTs and paramedics,” said Corey Youells, clinical education manager for AMR. “They come to work each day to help others on their worst day, and being there for a community member when their heart has stopped is an incredible responsibility and gift.”

Team members received commemorative challenge coins and leaders from throughout the medical community were on hand to congratulate them and speak to the importance of early, high-quality CPR, timely defibrillation and advanced cardiac life support.

“It’s not often you get to shake the hand of a patient you’ve cared for after transferring them to hospital care,” shared Youells. “It’s even less likely when they are someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. We are thrilled to see these patients have made a full recovery.”

According to the American Heart Association, nearly 350,000 cardiac arrests occur outside of the hospital each year. CPR can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival. Visit to find a class near you.
Rochester, NY: AMR Reunites Cardiac Arrest Survivors with First Responders