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Valley Joins the Bergen County Freeholders in Recognizing Heroes from Pascack Hills


In mid-March, Pascack Hills High School student Anthony Cortazzo collapsed during track practice. Coach Matthew Frederick, Trainer Steven Papa, EMT and former Pascack Hills student Michael Vercellone, and students Isabel Sella and Amanda Tosi reacted quickly and efficiently, administering lifesaving CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED) to resuscitate Anthony. Valley’s Paramedics responded to the scene and Anthony was transported for care to The Valley Hospital.

At the invitation of Bergen County Freeholder Tracy Silna Zur, The Valley Hospital's Director of Emergency Services, Lafe Bush, recently presented commendations for their heroic actions and extraordinary teamwork in saving Anthony’s life.

“The five of you did a fabulous job in responding quickly and appropriately to Anthony’s medical emergency,” Lafe Bush said. “Without your actions and the availability of an AED at the school we would not be here celebrating today.”

Shown here (from left to right) are: Freeholder Maura DeNicola; Isabel Sella; Amanda Tosi; Matthew Frederick; Freeholder Steven A. Tanelli; Steven Papa; Lafe Bush; Anthony Cortazzo; Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz; Freeholder Vice-Chairwoman Joan M. Voss; Freeholder Zur; Freeholder Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice; and Freeholder James J. Tedesco, III. Not pictured: Michael Vercellone.

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