CITIZEN HEROES — City of Rome officials recognized three Rome Family YMCA employees for their recent lifesaving efforts. From left, Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo, YMCA employees Christina Twogood, Nicolina Calandra and Bruce Hairston, and Rome Public Safety Commissioner Frank Retrosi. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

Rome Family Y lifesavers honored in ceremony at City Hall

Published Mar 17, 2017 at 4:00pm

A trio of Rome Family YMCA employees was hailed for its lifesaving efforts during a ceremony Thursday in the Common Council chambers at Rome City Hall.

The three YMCA employees — Bruce Hairston, Nicolina Calandra and Christina Twogood — were all on Feb. 7 when Scott MacDougal, 65, of West Leyden, suffered cardiac arrest while he was playing basketball in the YMCA gym.

City officials said the workers quickly sprang into action, immediately calling 911 and administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) while waiting for emergency medical providers to arrive.

Shortly after emergency medical providers began caring for MacDougal, he became responsive and was transported to the hospital, officials said, adding he was later released from the hospital and is recovering.

Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo hailed the YMCA employees for being “both brave and courageous” in providing care for MacDougal.

According to the American Heart Association, in 2016 over 350,000 Americans suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. The overall survival rate for those cardiac arrests was approximately 12 percent.