Simply ask Salvador Collazo. The tow truck driver was on his method to church for a bit devotion final month when he occurred upon a person having a coronary heart assault on a Bronx road. He gave the stranger CPR till paramedics arrived.
“It’s emotional,” Collazo, 35, stated Wednesday after reuniting at a Bronx hospital with Mark Solomon, fifty three, the person whose life he saved.
“You by no means anticipate this. I wasn’t on the lookout for any reward. I didn’t know the result of the affected person once I handed him over to the EMS. I simply stored shifting and went on with my day.”
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As destiny would have it, Collazo has been a educated paramedic for 17 years, and knew simply what to try this morning when he noticed Solomon in misery on Sept. 14 alongside Mace Ave. close to Wallace Ave.
Collazo, who was on his method to Our Woman of Lourdes Grotto, began giving Solomon chest compressions whereas one other bystander referred to as 911.
Solomon, an MTA night time safety guard, and his girlfriend, Bobbie Brooks, needed to thank Collazo for his divine intervention, however the humble Collazo climbed again into his tow truck and left the scene moments after paramedics arrived. Nobody acquired his identify or contact info.
Brooks made it her mission to seek out Solomon’s “angel.” She even visited all the native tow truck corporations on the lookout for the thriller man.
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When that failed, she appealed to the Day by day Information, which expressed her gratitude in a narrative final week about Solomon’s luck.
Collazo, who has co-owned his personal tow truck firm for greater than a yr, had moved on, pausing briefly to say the second in an Instagram publish
“OMW to La Gruta for a prayer and I get myself right into a cardiac arrest!!!!! Good Morning!”
A pal of Collazo noticed the publish and the story in The Information and put two and two collectively. Days later, Collazo, bearing flowers, was at Solomon’s bedside on the Helen Hayes Hospital and Rehab Middle, the place Solomon is on the mend.
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“I’m glad you have been there, man,” Solomon informed Collazo from his mattress.
“It’s an entire staff effort,” Collazo replied.
“Yeah, however in case you weren’t there…,” Solomon stated, his voice trailing…