5 Metro-North Workers Honored

Harmon Heroes
John Fisher, Ray Castrovinci, Pat Matwijec, Joe Hyatt, & Scott Cole being honored for saving co-worker Robert DeStefano. Photo courtesy of the MTA Metro-North Railroad.

I find it refreshing to post a positive story which I admit does not happen often. Today’s story comes courtesy of the MTA Metro-North Railroad where 5 employees were honored this morning for saving a co-worker at the Croton-Harmon shop. Here are the complete details courtesy of the press release I received:

Five Metro-North employees were honored Monday for their quick action and life-saving efforts when a fellow employee collapsed at the Croton-Harmon shop where they all work.

“They did a yeoman’s job saving my life,” said Robert DeStefano, who is recovering at home.

DeStefano, an electrician who works in shop maintenance, collapsed last May 26 while walking to the parking lot. One of his co-workers, John Fisher, saw the man collapse and immediately realized that he was not breathing and had no pulse. John called for help and began CPR.

Other Harmon Shop employees who are members of the Metro-North Railroad Harmon Shop Fire Brigade, Ray Castrovinci, Pat Matwijec, Scott Cole and Joe Hyatt, heard the call for help and rushed to the scene. Hyatt carried an Automatic External Defibrillator and was prepared in the event it was needed.

While Cole continued with rescue breathing, DeStefano returned to a normal heart rhythm and it was not necessary to use the defibrillator. The Croton EMS ambulance arrived and took over.

“The quick actions of this group of co-workers saved his life,” Metro-North President Howard Permut said at a recognition ceremony held today at by the Railroads Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. “They are to be commended and thanked for their selfless actions, and are a great illustration that in the workplace, employee safety is everyone’s concern.”

Let me first offer my well wishes to Mr. DeStefano for a speedy recovery. The 5 workers who rushed into action deserve a round of applause for not only caring enough to save a co-worker but being prepared at a moment’s notice to do so. Great job guys!

xoxo Transit Blogger

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