Poughkeepsie firefighters save man’s life during Palm Sunday service

Firefighters Tom Davison, Dan Richards, Ron Holder, Andy Clegg and former chief Mark Johnson brought his father back to life after he was unresponsive for 14 minutes.

News 12 Staff

Apr 12, 2022, 12:30 AM

Updated 833 days ago

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Four Poughkeepsie city firefighters and the department's ex-chief are being hailed heroes after they helped bring a man back to life.
Marc Vandewater went into cardiac arrest as the 4 p.m. Palm Sunday service was beginning at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church.
According to the man's son, David Vandewater, everybody in the church jumped to action, including a former fire chief who was in
attendance. David Vandewater says firefighters Tom Davison, Dan Richards, Ron Holder, Andy Clegg and ex-chief Mark Johnson brought his father
back to life after he was unresponsive for 14 minutes.
“Thank you to everybody who stepped up and had a hand in helping my father be where he is today,” said David Vandewater.
His father remains hospitalized but is doing much better.


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