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East End EMT to meet man she helped save

Karen Haab, an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician from Springs, is due to come face to face again Saturday with a man she is credited with saving.

Haab, 50, is expected to be at the Springs firehouse to accept an award from Stuart Herman, 77, who stopped breathing last year after being pulled from the water in Amagansett.

As a result of that rescue and other efforts, Haab has been named EMS Provider of the Year by the Firemen's Association of the State of New York.

Herman and his wife, Sarah, are scheduled to give Haab the prize.

Haab, an AEMT for 11 years, was at the beach on Aug. 4, 2012, when she saw a man being pulled from the water. She was holding his head in place when he mumbled a few words, his face turned blue and saliva filled his mouth. She could not find a pulse.

She began CPR and a lifeguard retrieved a defibrillator. She continued CPR while Herman was brought off the beach. They met the Amagansett Volunteer Fire Department ambulance in the parking lot, officials said. His pulse came back as he was being taken to Southampton Hospital.

"It's an honor to be recognized," said Haab, who has already met Herman. "I got to meet the man that I saved . . . and I got to meet his family. It was wonderful. It was an unbelievable experience."


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