Cardiac monitor saves Tonawanda man’s life

TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — To mark EMS Week, paramedics from the Town of Tonawanda highlighted how a life-saving device is changing how they operate.

Pieter Metz was in the sauna at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center when he passed out and stopped breathing.

Metz told News4, I got in the sauna and I was sitting next to him, he was talking to me and I had no idea what he was talking about because I was out by then.”

Lifeguards began CPR until paramedics arrived.

The paramedic unit was able to provide advanced life support including the use of a cardiac monitor the department received just a day earlier.

They said the device helped them save Metz’s life.

Paramedic Matthew DeRose explained, “It’s a great tool, it helps us get a lot of information and do more effective CPR to get better results like we had with Mr. Metz.”

The cardiac monitor was one of six that was donated by the James V. Ryan Paramedic Foundation in November of 2013. The Paramedic Foundation was formed in 1985 in memory of the late Town Supervisor. It supports Emergency Medical Services in Kenmore and the Tonawandas.

By sharing Metz’s story, town officials hope to stress the importance of early CPR and the efforts of EMS workers.

DeRose said, “It shows we did something and it’s not just everyday that happens, we don’t get those results every time.”

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