Assemb. Andrew Raia, R-East Northport, presented the New York State Excelsior Award to Officer James Garside and EMT Jon Desjardins.
“The actions of these heroes cannot be understated. It is because of men and women like them, who go above and beyond, that we can feel safe wherever we go,” Raia said.
In the last year, Garside has been credited with reviving two persons from cardiac arrest. Both individuals have made full recoveries and have credited Garside with saving them. He has been honored by the Town of Huntington, Suffolk County, and is Suffolk County Police Department’s Cop of the Year. Officer Garside was also named New York State ALS Provider of the Year.
Desjardins saved a man during his morning commute on the Long Island Rail Road. Another passenger went into cardiac arrest and Desjardins immediately jumped into action. He administered CPR for a 12 minutes until the train reached the Mineola platform. There, he carried the unconscious man to the platform where an off-duty nurse and a Nassau County police officer arrived with an AED.