LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Rising to the urgent challenge of saving someone’s life. That’s the rare quality that earned Paul Ganieany of Ludlow the honor of Hometown Hero. The Western Massachusetts Red Cross will salute Paul at the Hometown Heroes breakfast this Thursday morning at the MassMutual center.
“I just wanted to give the guy a chance at living a normal life and surviving. If this was my family member I would want someone to stop and help him too,” said Paul Ganieany.
Paul, a 23 year old Elms college nursing student, got out of his car and applied CPR to the unconscious 69 year old man who had collapsed on Chapin Street. Within minutes, the Ludlow Fire Department paramedics came to help Ganieany save the jogger’s life.
Ted Doyle, a Ludlow paramedic told 22News, “We just told him to continue what he was doing. We were going to work around him. And that’s basically how it went. We did everything we needed to do without interrupting his CPR, and we were able to fibrillate the gentleman and get him back.”
Ludlow Fire Chief Mark Babineau immediately nominated Paul Ganieany as a Western Massachusetts Red Cross hometown hero.
“You see so many stories of people either having a medical emergency or some type of traumatic event and other people just walking around them not wanting to help. And when I heard the story of what Paul did driving by and saw what was going on, had the character to stop and just jumped right in he performed a lifesaving technique on the gentleman, he’s certainly deserving of the award,” said Babineau.
Paul Ganieany will receive his Nursing degree from Elms College this spring. He looks back on helping save the life of a jogger in Ludlow as a significant moment in his life’s work.
“You know, this will set the tone for every code I have in the hospital and prepare me mentally and physically and I’ll be ready,” said Ganieany.
Paul Ganieany, a hometown hero in every respect.
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