Rockets’ staffer revived by FDNY medics after suffering heart attack in Manhattan gym


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(L-R) Department Chief Dinorah Claudio, Lt. David Cira and EMT Joseph Siciliano used CPR to save the life of a Houston Rockets official who suffered a heart attack during practice. They are pictured with the Philips Heartstart Defibrillator used during the emergency.

Both teams won Monday.

Lt. David Cira and his FDNY EMS team saved a Houston Rockets staffer after getting a call for a person suffering chest pains and dashing from their lower Manhattan station to render aid.

Cira, 38, and two colleagues found the situation was direr than the NBA team thought when they called for help around 11:30 a.m. The man was unconscious near the foul line inside a Basketball City gym off the FDR Drive near Montgomery St. — and the players didn’t seem to be aware he’d gone into cardiac arrest.

“They were talking to him as if he would respond,” Cira said hours later during an interview inside Station 4, which is located near the gym. “They didn’t realize the gravity of the situation.”

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