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For Immediate Release: July 13, 2006
MEDIA ADVISORY

CON EDISON WORKERS RESCUE STATE TROOPER DURING WESTCHESTER TORNADO

NEW YORK – Two Con Edison workers came to the rescue of a New York State Trooper after his patrol car flipped over twice during Wednesday’s tornado that tore through Westchester.

Con Edison’s general utility worker Brendon McNamara, 37, of Wappingers Falls, NY, and mechanic Joe Szela, 52, of Newburgh, NY, were called into action to make a dramatic rescue yesterday. While driving on Route 9A, in Hawthorne the tornado passed over their vehicle. They witnessed an unmarked New York State Police vehicle get caught in the windstorm and overturn twice.

Sgt. Ira Promisel, of the New York State Police, was trapped inside the damaged vehicle when the Con Edison workers approached the car, assessed the damage and helped the officer out of the car. Promisel was later taken to Westchester County Medical Center with minor injuries.

“We didn’t think twice about getting out of our vehicle to help a person in danger.” McNamara said, “It was the right thing to do.” Once the officer was in the care of the emergency medical technicians, McNamara and Szela removed the debris and fallen trees from the street with equipment from their Con Edison vehicle and continued to work to restore customers.

Szela has been with Con Edison for nine years and McNamara has worked with the company for two months.

 

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