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Con Edison Media Relations
For Immediate Release: June 27, 2008
3:25 p.m.



NEW YORK – Early this morning, two Con Edison employees quickly came to the rescue of a pedestrian hit by a car on the West Side Highway.

At 3 a.m. Con Edison mechanics Michael J. Godfrey of Carteret, New Jersey and Raymond C. Pugarelli, of Bethpage, Long Island had just completed clearing a manhole on Manhattan’s West Side when they spotted a pedestrian struck by a car on the West Side Highway and 23rd Street.

Both men sprang into action. They turned on their yellow emergency lights and blocked traffic with their company’s blue truck to protect the pedestrian from speeding traffic.

While Godfrey dialed 911, Pugarelli grabbed his first aid kit and began treating the injured man. Trained by Con Edison to administer first aid, Pugarelli checked for a pulse, respiration and tended to the hurt man before city emergency medical technicians arrived.

Their ability to assess the situation quickly, administer first aid and assist with traffic management expedited treatment by EMS, according to their supervisor Raymond Jenkins.


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