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SVAC Volunteer Saves a Life in Boston

Svac Ellen Gross 25Scarsdale Personal Trainer and SVAC volunteer Ellen Gross used her expertise to save the life of a runner who collapsed during a 5K Turkey Trot in Boston on Thanksgiving Day.

Gross had travelled to Boston with her three daughters, husband, brother and 86 year-old father who all took part in the race. When Gross was just 200 yards away from the finish line , a man in front of her collapsed. Gross, along with two other runners stopped to help. When they felt no pulse, Gross started doing chest compressions and continued until the ambulance arrived. They came within minutes and once they took over, Gross finished the race.

According to the Boston Globe, "Those good Samaritans performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a man in cardiac arrest, buying him precious time until first responders could arrive, said Susan Schiller, deputy superintendent of Boston EMS. "We would love to reach out and thank them and give them the credit they're due," she said.

Gross has been a personal trainer in Scarsdale for the past 18 years and currently volunteers as an ambulance driver for the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She asked us to let our readers know that SVAC is a volunteer corps that relies on the contributions of the community. Gross said, "CPR saves lives and everyone should be encouraged to get certified. SVAC offers year round classes.

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0 #3 Marjorie Meiman 2017-12-12 10:39
Congratulations Ellen! i've taken CPR classes with SVAC
several times and always hope I never have to use the skills
to save a life-- but I agree everyone should learn how to use CPR. If you have a chance to save a famliy member, friend or a stranger you don't want to look back and wonder why you didn't learn the simple techniques required to save them.
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+1 #2 Ellen Gross 2017-12-05 14:06
Thank you so much for writing this lovely article about my experience in Boston saving a life. A lot of people responded to me personally. As a follow up, the gentleman who I saved, reached out to me. We now have a beautiful, small, yet important, connection with one another.
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+3 #1 Drew Hahn 2017-11-30 22:32
So proud of you Ellen! To those in our community: Learn CPR! If you have learned it before and need a refresher, stop by SVAC and take a class to get updated on the latest protocol.

It is so nice to have such a committed group of volunteers here in Scarsdale. ANYBODY can save a life.
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