Saturday, January 21, 2012

Richard J. Sheirer, 9/11 Hero, Dies

Richard J. Sheirer, the former director of New York City's Office of Emergency Management during the September 11th attacks, fell ill a few blocks away from St. Vincent's.

From The New York Times :

Richard J. Sheirer, who as director of New York City’s Office of Emergency Management was thrown into the limelight on Sept. 11, 2001, after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 65.

The immediate cause was fluid in his lungs, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said in an interview. Mr. Sheirer was a senior vice president at Giuliani Partners, a consulting firm.

Mr. Sheirer was driving to work from his home on Staten Island when he began having chest pains, pulled over at 14th Street and 10th Avenue and called 911. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital, where he died. ...

What role did the closing of St. Vincent's play in Mr. Sheirer's death ?

The NYTimes article doesn't mention if Mr. Scheirer's death could have been prevented if St. Vincent's Hospital was still open. Neither does the article indicate how much time the ambulances took to respond to 14th Street and 10th Avenue, or how much time it took for the ambulances to transport Mr. Sheirer to Beth Israel Hospital.

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