I was just recently informed of a wonderful story involving the life-saving actions taken by one of Yonkers’ Bravest while off-duty and would like to take a moment to thank the men and women of both our police and fire departments for the excellent work they do on a moment’s notice. We in Yonkers are fortunate to have a tremendously dedicated and highly trained emergency response workforce, many of whom reside here in Yonkers as well.
Just recently Yonkers firefighter and resident, Richard Rodriguez, was celebrating his daughter’s high school graduation with his family at one of Yonkers’ great local restaurants, LaLanterna. Upon hearing screams for help, Rodriguez sprang into action, first calling on a fellow patron to dial 911 and then performing CPR on the 80-year-old victim until additional emergency response assistance arrived on the scene.
It is my honor as Mayor to congratulate and thank Richard Rodriguez, not just for his dedication to protecting our safety as a member of our fire department, but for his heroic efforts as a resident of our city saving the life of another.
If only we could have a firefighter at each restaurant!
Again, thank you to our fire and police officers for all you do to protect our city.