EAST FLATBUSH, Brooklyn — "Breathe man," Shanida Robinson, Volunteer Ambulance Corps commanding officer told shooting victim Carey Gabay.
"Keep breathing man, we're going to get you to the hospital."
In the fight for his life, Gabay, a top lawyer for Governor Cuomo, had two of his best allies by his side even if he didn't know it.
Women he never met were first to rush to his aid Monday morning during the annual J'ouvert festival in Brooklyn.
"It wasn't good," Captain Shamekia Wright said. "It wasn't good at all. As I was putting him on the stretcher I saw he had a wedding ring. That was something that stood out. We gotta get this man to his family."
Robinson and Wright are volunteer medics for the donation-driven Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
Amid the loud Carribean music and chaos, the women and two fellow EMTs stayed calm tending to Gabay's gunshot wound after a stray bullet struck his head.
"He had a pulse," Robinson said. "He was breathing, not enough to sustain life that's why we intervened."
The volunteer corps staged their ambulance on Eastern Parkway for Labor Day weekend, fearing something like this would happen.
That intuition allowed them to be among the first on the scene.
The Bed-Stuy based medics were also the first to respond to NYPD officer Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were fatally shot last December.
A program started in 1988 by James Robinson, the team is tasked with tireless work every day and nigh. Their payment is solely the satisfaction of saving lives.
"We don't get paid in money per say," Wright said. "But the gratitude in helping people in my community and all over the world is my pay."