On the morning of Saturday, December 23, 2017, FMFD firefighters, staffing Engine 11 and Rescue 11, and Lee County EMS Medic 2 responded to a reported cardiac arrest on McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Upon their arrival, they found a 14-year-old boy in cardiac arrest. CPR was being performed by bystanders. The joint efforts of the bystanders, fire department and EMS personnel resulted in a successful resuscitation of the patient.
On December 26, 2017, Zachary Syska and his family paid a visit to FMFD Fire Station 1 to thank the responders for their efforts in saving his life. Zachary's parents stated that, as a parent, there is no way to prepare for the phone call they received that Saturday morning, but how thankful they were of the Christmas miracle they received in having their son survive this sudden cardiac arrest event.
According to the American Heart Association, effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, yet only approximately 32% of victims receive CPR from a bystander. The Fort Myers Fire Department offers free CPR classes to the citizens of Fort Myers. If interested, call (239) 321-7311.
Zachary Syska pictured with the Engine 11 crew at the Fort Myers Fire Department Station 1.