Garden City Fire Chief Receives Award for Saving Life

William Bradford Turner Post #265 awards Joseph Nadolny with a 2013 Law & Order Award in recognition of his actions during the 2012 Turkey Trot race.

Assistant Chief Joseph Nadolny, Post #265 Commander and Henry Wysocki.
Assistant Chief Joseph Nadolny, Post #265 Commander and Henry Wysocki.
The William Bradford Turner Post #265 awarded Garden City Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Nadolny with a 2013 Law & Order Award Wednesday in recognition of his actions during the 2012 Turkey Trot race.

During the community event, held each year on Thanksgiving Day, a team of volunteer firefighters was assigned to an emergency response crew during the race. Assistant Chief Nadolny was notified of a runner that possibly fell.

He responded and quickly determined the runner was in cardiac arrest. As two civilians administered CPR, Assistant Chief Nadolny set up an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) and administered a life saving shock to the victim that helped save his life.

Henry Wysocki, the person whose life he saved on that day, presented Assistant Chief Nadolny with the award during Wednesday's ceremony, where he was joined by his wife, parents and a contingent of officers and members of the Garden City Fire Department.

Submitted by the Garden City Fire Department
Bill Sweeney February 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM
Fire this man!
Enough Is Enough February 22, 2013 at 10:48 AM
He is a Volunteer, so I assume that the Union would want him FIRED! No reason for anyone to do this job for free and save the tax payers over $5 million dollars. The paid UNION firefighters were enjoying a nice Thanksgiving breakfast in the warm Fire house earning DOUBLE TIME AND A HALF while the FREE Volunteers were out saving a life. Me. Sweeney this was a good act and you mock it. Please stop by the Fire Department next time and maybe thank a Volunteer FireFighter for risking their lives to save you and your family and property for free, instead of posting a comment like this.
Bill Sweeney February 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM
STOP CAPITALIZING THINGS, PLEASE. I mock the way the department is being handled. I've never said anything but good things about the volunteers. I have the utmost respect for their time and efforts. But just because they are there doesn't mean the paid should not be as well. Learn to play in the sandbox together.
Enough Is Enough February 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Never said we do not need both either, but your comment about "fire him" was inappropriate. Here is one for you. Did you know that the Union has contacted everyone of the volunteers unions (if they are in one) and encourage the volunteers union to force the volunteers into not volunteering? Did you know they were already successful with the FDNY, so not one of the more than 100 FDNY Firefighters and Officers that live in the Village are allowed to volunteer without losing their benefits, but than again the Professional Union Firefighters Association has the best interests of the residents and firefighters safety in their minds and hearts. It is time for everyone to know the truth about what is going on. And you are right, play nice in the sandbox, I.e. Enough Is Enough!
Bill Sweeney February 22, 2013 at 11:39 AM
THen make these facts known. I am no fan of the unions in general and I can see this being the case. They are desperate to fill their membership due coffers to they can donate to the Dem of their choice. But this type of information should be made public. Up to now, all the Village knows is the little dribs and drabs from the BOT, which is next to nothing. They flat out deny things when asked until they do things anyway, I suppose. Perhaps more transparency on both sides would be good. Also, talk about the real issues and the real costs. To me, I want to see where that big $950K is going.
GCres2 February 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM
enough is enough is enough. yes mr. sweenys comment is off but yours is a bit inaccurate as well. please dont for once think this wasnt a fluke incident. its a case of being in the right place at the right time. any one firefighter union or not union would have done the same thing this chief did. i am 110% sure of that. and you should be too. stop twisting this into something it isnt. "a nice thanksgiving breakfast in the warm fire house"?? can your comment be anymore condescending toward the very firefighters that will be responding quickly to an emergency at your home? and what exactly is a thanksgiving breakfast anyway? from what i can tell, after this traffic stopping trot race was over im sure the volunteer crew assigned went home to their familys for thanksgiving dinner. something the union firefighters obviously did not do that day. and as for the union thing you speak of. i will be looking into that further but i am almost certain that unions, such as those of the volunteers you speak of, would make those requests on their own based on the premise of this situation. to say that this is the specific request of the garden city union is jumping the gun without looking into it further.
brian daughney February 22, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Kudos to Joe - he puts in a lot of time and effort as a volunteer.
Enough Is Enough February 22, 2013 at 04:48 PM
The local union in Garden City (1588), asked the IAFF to contact the unions of volunteers on there behalf. Over 13 active volunteers unions were contacted and the letter / email specifically asked the volunteers to follow in the FDNY union footsteps and have these volunteers resign from the Garden City Fire Department. As far as being in the right place at the right time, this was the 2nd time the Volunteers have used an AED at the Turkey Trot. They give up there thanksgiving morning on standby and help the community. The garden city union does work on thanksgiving and miss dinner with their family but they get paid Double Time and a Half to work on Thanksgiving. I have no problem with the paid firefighters, but I do have a problem with the paid firefighters asking volunteers to resign because they will not make concessions in their contract and the board has authorized layoffs.
Enough Is Enough February 22, 2013 at 04:50 PM
I 2nd Trustee Daughney's comments. Great job by the volunteers who saved this guys life. Great job to our paid employees as well, as both the paid fire department and paid police department have saved lives as well.
dennis donnelly February 22, 2013 at 05:07 PM
This is just a nice story about a volunteer firefighter who helped save Henry Wysocki's life . A tragedy averted due to the quick response of Chief Nadolny. Joe deserves our praise he puts in countless hours of volunteer work making Garden City a safer village. This story has nothing to do with union negotiations or village budget issues. Lets just congratulate Joe.
Bill Sweeney February 22, 2013 at 05:15 PM
GCres2 February 22, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Agreed mr. donnelly. and enough is enough, "double time and a half"? that doesnt even sound anywhere near accurate. no way can that possibly be true. youre probably getting bad info.
John S February 24, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Thank you Joe...thanks for helping to make Garden City a great place to live...great article...


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