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In a world where big name celebrities are idolized, our true heroes tend to be anonymous – the nurse, the cop, the firefighter. They all came together at Roar2War, the pre-party for the Cancer Center for Kids (CCFK) at Winthrop-University Hospital’s upcoming November 10 fundraiser, Rock2Beat Pediatric Cancer.

Fate had other plans for an evening intended to showcase music and entertainment at Callahan’s Pub in East Meadow to benefit Long Island’s largest outpatient facility for treating children with cancer and blood disorders. As the band ‘The Confessions’ performed on stage, Brad Singer, the group’s drummer, suddenly collapsed and fell to the floor, with no vital signs detectable.

Thanks to the quick action of EMT-CC Matt Perlunger of the Nassau County Police Aviation Bureau, whose son is a patient at Winthrop’s CCFK; Garden City Park firefighter Dennis Olsen; and New Hyde Park firefighter Bob Sprance, Mr. Singer got a second chance. While 911 was called, the men worked together to clear an airway and begin chest compressions, continuing to do CPR until police arrived. Once the ambulance was on the scene, the crew’s defibrillator was used to shock Mr. Singer’s heart back to a regular rhythm.

Upon Mr. Singer’s transport to the closest medical center, the emergency room physician praised Matt, Dennis and Bob for their rapid response to a life-or-death situation. Mr. Singer was subsequently transferred to another area hospital, where minimal heart damage was diagnosed and treated.

“We are all in this together and I am just appreciative that they were there,” said Mr. Singer. Despite some residual pain from the chest compressions, Mr. Singer is feeling just fine – and is already busy planning his next gig.

Winthrop’s Cancer Center for Kids appreciates the support of the many donors who support its good work – and the men who saved one supporter’s life! For more information about the CCFK, visit or call (516) 663-9400.

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