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Synergy: It takes a team to save a life

They are farmers, teachers, business owners, truck drivers, winery managers, healers, electricians, plumbers, law enforcement officers and more. Some also serve their communities on volunteer boards or as elected officials. But when a neighbor is in need, they join the professional emergency responders on a synergistic team of rescuers. And you never know who might save your life.

To illustrate the layers of help that come together to respond to an emergency, at Monday’s Yates County Legislature meeting, Sheriff Ron Spike described a recent medical emergency that ended with a saved life in Branchport.

The incident began when a man working at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church March 27 collapsed. His son called 911, and Yates County dispatcher Lisa Williams started the chain of actions that can save a life. She dispatched emergency medical personnel and began giving CPR instructions over the phone to the son.

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