Paramedic Collapsed Assessing an Unresponsive Patient

Paramedic Collapsed Assessing an Unresponsive Patient

February 9, 2015
By EMS1.com Staff

HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. – While providing an emergency medical assessment to an unresponsive male patient, paramedic Ralph Oswald, 64, told his crew that he was experiencing chest pain, and immediately collapsed in cardiac arrest.

His sudden death serves as a constant reminder that life is but a brief moment in time, to be filled with what one can do to make the world better. Oswald and many others like him, strived to fulfill that obligation of serving his fellow citizen with dignity, pride and professionalism. Rest well, my colleague; you deserve it.

The incident occurred Monday, February 9, 2015 at approximately 8:58 a.m.

While on-scene CPR was initiated by Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance and Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel. Oswald was transported to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after unsuccessful out-of-hospital and in-hospital resuscitative efforts.

Funeral arrangements for Oswald are pending, stated the Chief of the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance in a line of duty death announcement.

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