DNAinfo by Julie Shapiro
LOWER MANHATTAN — On May 7 of last year, the 911 call came in: A woman was lying unconscious on the floor of a Spring Street apartment.
Police Officer Lawrence Sanzari, with the 1st Precinct, rushed to the scene and found that the woman had no pulse and was not breathing. She was cold to the touch.
Sanzari immediately started CPR, and soon the woman’s heart began to beat and she started breathing faintly. A few minutes later, her pulse and breath stopped again, and Sanzari again revived her with CPR, keeping her alive until an ambulance arrived. She was transported to the hospital conscious and in stable condition.
Sanzari was just one of several dozen 1st Precinct police officers to receive a plaque and a standing ovation this week at a recognition ceremony in Battery Park City.
Browse our photo gallery below from this year’s event.
“It shows them that their work is not unappreciated,” said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who attended the reception afterward at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “We are aware of it.”