When Gary Pomerantz went into cardiac arrest at the Four Seasons hotel, staff stepped in to help save his life.
WASHINGTON – On May 15, a man staying at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, DC went into cardiac arrest. DC Fire and EMS said it was the quick actions of hotel staff after his wife called for help that helped save the man’s life.
Gary Pomerantz and his family thanked staff members Friday via a Zoom call, and the four staff members involved were presented with a cardiac arrest coin by firefighters, including DC Fire Chief John Donnelly, during a a special ceremony at the hotel.
When Pomerantz went into cardiac arrest, he was not breathing and unresponsive. Security guard Harlan Petrowski, front office manager Colin Moneymaker, director of security Sean Dunlevy and hotel manager Jason De Vries worked together to perform CPR compressions and used an AED to shock Pomerantz several times until the fire department arrived.
The collective efforts of hotel and EMS employees resulted in the resuscitation of Pomerantz, according to Vito Maggiolo, DC Fire’s public information officer.
“The heroism of our team, the way they knew what to do and didn’t hesitate to do what was needed in a very intense situation, is incredibly inspiring,” said senior managing director Marc Bromley. “We always prepare for the worst case scenario, but very rarely do we actually have to put our training to good use. Jason, Sean, Colin and Harlan saved a life. There’s no better gratification than a job. well done that.”
Dunlevey said the training they received helped them in the life-and-death situation.
“I’m really proud of how our team responded in this situation,” Dunlevey said. “We are so relieved that Mr. Pomerantz is doing well today.”
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