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Off-duty FDNY firefighters resuscitate unresponsive man at Staten Island gym

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STATEN ISLAND —  While working out, two firefighters didn’t hesitate to jump into action when they were alerted to an unresponsive gym member.

Probationary firefighter Niko Negron of Ladder 10 was exercising when he was alerted that fellow gym member Frank Molino was slumped over in his seat, unresponsive, according to the FDNY.

Lieutenant Michael P. Romano of Engine 210, a 12-year FDNY veteran, was also at the gym and assisted with the resuscitation.

“I checked for a pulse and he didn’t have one, so I asked one of the nurses to defibrillate,” Romano said.

Jennifer Cosentino, an RN from Staten Island University Hospital North, and Erica Oppenheim, an RN from Richmond University Medical Center were also off-duty at the gym and began CPR on the patient.

Negron used the defibrillator as one of the nurses did compressions.

“The training just kicked in, I felt totally prepared for the situation,” said Negron.

FDNY EMTs Linda Avellino and Steven Thorsen, and paramedics Jason Mendelsohn and John Roddy from Station 23 arrived to continue care of the patient and transferred him to Staten Island University Hospital.

Molino has since been discharged and is home recovering.

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