Feel Good Story: Firefighters Revive Korean War Vet at 9/11 Ceremony

September 22, 2012 at 11:00 am (9/11, Congress Park, Eugene Corsale, Firefighters, Hero, Heroes, Korean War, New York, Saratoga Springs, September 11th, Veteran)

A Korean War Veteran is crediting the swift actions of local firefighters in Saratoga Springs, NY with saving his life after he collapsed while serving as Master of Ceremonies at a 9/11 Remembrance Day event.

Eugene “Gene” Corsale remembers reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before collapsing at the podium in front of his grandson.  His heart had stopped.

“I was ready to introduce the police, and that was the end of it,” he said. “I woke up in the emergency room.”

Despite the experience, Corsale insists that he was lucky.

Via the Times Union:

Looking back, the 2008 New York State Veteran of the Year says his heart picked a fine time to stop ticking. Attending the 9/11 service to recall those lost in the terrorist attacks of 11 years ago were members of the Saratoga Springs Fire Department, who had brought a truck with medical equipment.

When Corsale collapsed, the firefighters broke ranks and sprang into action. When they reached Corsale with a heart monitor, they found he had no pulse, Chief Robert Williams said Friday. The firefighters administered manual cardiopulmonary resuscitation, electric shocks to Corsale’s chest with a heart defibrillator and medications, which restarted his heart, Williams said.

“We were able to get him to where he had a strong pulse and he was beginning to respond to his name,” said Williams, who was at the scene. “He had the right people and the right equipment close by,” Williams said.

At the scene and credited for quick thinking and transporting Corsale to the hospital were Capt. Robert Murphy, lieutenants John Stewart and Michael Woodcock, and firefighters Michael O’Reilly, Jason Yourdon, Brian Kissinger, Jack Longo, Nicholas Colucci, Jeffrey Alonzo, Jordan Daviero and Matthew Daviero.

Please read the rest, including a brief history of Corsale’s service to his country in the Navy, and his service to fellow veterans after the war.

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Weekend Recess: Jill Biden Kills the Crowd With Accidental Penis Joke

September 22, 2012 at 10:03 am (Big Stick, Elections 2012, Jill Biden, Jill Biden Joe Biden, Jill Biden Penis Joke, Joe Biden, Penis Joke, President Obama, Second Lady, Vice President Joe Biden, Video, Weekend Recess)

It was just a short while ago that vice-President Joe Biden was drawing laughter from a crowd for discussing the President’s “big stick“.

Now, clearly excited about the upcoming erec … er … election, Jill Biden is out on the campaign trail discussing her husband’s own ‘big stick‘, complete with visual aid.

Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden inadvertently made a penis joke during a campaign event in New Hampshire Friday.

“I’ve seen Joe up close,” Biden said while making a wide motion with her hands.

Biden giggled when the crowd reacted to her statement with laughs, cheers and cat calls.

“It’s in my remarks, really,” Biden said before continuing her speech.

It gets better.
She really emphasizes the phrase ‘big, strong heart’ while making the same wide-armed motion she made earlier, all through continued laughter.  
Then there’s the real money shot…
Biden stated, “I’ve heard the urgency in his voice when he comes … and talks about people he’s met.”  
Listen to the speech, she clearly pauses after the word ‘comes’, and good ol’ Joe starts laughing and shaking his head after that one.
Pretty funny stuff from Mrs. Biden.

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