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Man, 74, revived after collapsing during Mother's Day celebration in Dix Hills, fire officials say

A 74-year-old man, who collapsed, not breathing, during a Mother's Day celebration at his home in Dix Hills remained hospitalized Monday morning after being revived by members of the Dix Hills Fire Department Rescue Squad.

A fire department spokesman said the man, whose identity was not released, was revived using CPR, medication and "one of the newest treatments available" in such cases -- an intravenous injection of cold saline into his system.

The incident occurred at a home on Half Hollow Road and was reported in a 911 call at 11 a.m., Suffolk County police said. The Dix Hills Fire Department reported the caller stating the man was in cardiac arrest -- and dispatched rescue.

Assistant Chief Joseph Williamson was first on the scene, the department spokesman said, and immediately began CPR. Lead paramedic Bob Cavaleri and two other assistant chiefs, Tom Napolitano and Alan Berkowitz, then arrived and assisted Williamson.

The medical personnel determined the victim had "an obstructed airway" and that his breathing -- and, his heart -- had stopped. Williamson cleared his airway, department spokesman Steve Silverman said, and Cavaleri, Berkowitz and Rescue Capt. Matt Mattone provided "advanced care that included medication" to restart the patient's heart.

Once a pulse was restored, the victim was transported to Huntington Hospital. His condition was not known Monday.

The fire department had three ambulances and 21 members on scene and Napolitano, in a statement, said: "When cardiac arrest occurs, time is of the essence . . . Our rescue squad did a great job reviving the patient. I am proud of them and so happy that the family was able to have a happy ending on Mother's Day."

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