December 17, New York, NY–The international cardiac community presented $200,000 in aid to the City of New York during the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) 34th Annual New York Cardiovascular Symposium held at the New York Hilton and Towers in the city last week.
The German Cardiac Society donated $100,000 to replace an ambulance the city lost in the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Fire Department of New York/Emergency Medical Services Operations Assistant Chief Jerry V. Gombo and Alex Loutsky, the emergency medical technician who first notified the emergency response system of the attack on the WTC, accepted the check from Dr. Benny Levenson, a distinguished member of the German Cardiac Society. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen attended the presentation.
Loutsky, an emergency medical technician with Division 1, Battalion 4, witnessed the first plane crash into the WTC on September 11 and immediately alerted dispatchers. Then he and his partner, Eric Ramos, established a staging center across the street from the WTC for triaging victims to be transported to area hospitals. His ambulance was engulfed in flames when he returned to the scene minutes after escaping death when the North tower collapsed.
The ACC also presented $50,000 each to the New York Community Trust (NYCT) and $50,000 to the Citizens’ Scholarship Foundation of America (CSFA). The NYCT donation will be used to support physician education and training in bioterrorism preparedness, according to Len McNally, program director. The CSFA, which administers the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund for dependents of September 11 victims, will be used to establish the American College of Cardiology Scholarship Fund for students qualified to attend medical school. Joan Licursi, a national advisory board member of CSFA, accepted the donation.
The ACC and the American Heart Association arranged for the gift presentation.