(Editor's Note: The following was sent to the Port Washington Paramedic Unit and the Port Police Department and is printed here at the writer's request.)

I would like to take the time to express our sincere gratitude to the people who were so instrumental in the emergency care that saved the life of my son Ryan. On Jan. 27, 2007, my son Ryan became very ill and stopped breathing. We called 911 not realizing that that was not the fastest way to get a response. We should actually have called the Port Washington Ambulance directly (742-3300) as the emergency calls from 911 are routed through Nassau County and are not always the fastest to be on the scene. We, however, got very lucky because when Chief McDonough heard the call he realized that he could be at our home before the ambulance. He arrived first, before the police department or the ambulance drivers or anyone. He immediately took over the CPR that I was doing on my son to try to get him to breathe. While that was going on, Jackie Klien, Ed Oldack and Tricia Trapp were on their way with the ambulance.

I also want to thank Tricia for leaving her own two children to help mine and all the staff that evening. We were transported to North Shore Hospital, where we spent 11 days in the pediatric intensive care unit. I cannot imagine what we would have done without the aid of these people, who left their own homes and families to come to the aid of our child.

I also want to thank the Port Washington police in responding so quickly and having extra equipment on hand that helped. It is only with the help of all at the scene that my son is alive and getting better every day, so thank you for saving my son.

Patricia and James Chadwick and family

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