Story by Lourice Angie
Prior to the Warwick Town Board meeting held on Thurs., Mar. 22, Warwick Community Ambulance Service (WCAS) Captain Frank Cassanite and 2nd Lieutenant Jo Ann Cheney were called to the podium by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton to give a special presentation. Frank and Jo Ann then asked young Christopher Joseph (CJ) Camporeale, his grandfather, Ray Threlfall, and their entire family to come forward.
On the morning of Sat., Jan. 27, CJ went downstairs in his home and had a hard time waking up his grandfather. CJ reacted quickly and got his grandmother, who then called 911 and family members. CJ’s quick response made all the difference in helping to save his grandfather’s life.
Captain Cassanite then read the following proclamation: “This is a certificate of Special Recognition for extraordinary personal action. This is to certify that Christopher Joseph (CJ) Camporeale has been awarded this certificate for successful effort in saving a human life which involved exceptional courage on Jan. 27, 2018. We thank you.”
Supervisor Sweeton also congratulated the young boy saying, “We just want to say thank you. That was very smart of you. You’re a wonderful young citizen of our Town.”
Captain Cassanite then spoke about the excellent cooperation and relationship between the WCAS and the Warwick Police Department. Warwick police officers train with the members of the WCAS, learning CPR and first aid techniques. Police officers also carry defibrillators in their patrol cars.
“They are usually our first source in any critical incident and they make a difference. In a chain of survival, that’s what the difference is, them starting the CPR, starting first aid, and then us coming in, taking over and moving on until we get to the hospital. That’s what makes it work in Warwick,” said Cassanite.
A certificate of appreciation for professionalism, commitment and outstanding contributions when assisting the WCAS was presented to the Warwick Police Department and accepted by Warwick Police Chief Thomas McGovern in Warwick NY. The certificate acknowledged the assistance of the Police Department in providing emergency medical care to the community.
Supervisor Sweeton thanked Cassanite and Cheney and all of the WCAS members for their outstanding work for the Town.