A 64-year-old Hampton Bays paramedic suffered a fatal heart attack while treating a patient Monday morning, officials said.
Ralph Oswald, a supervising paramedic with the Hampton Bays Volunteer Ambulance Corps, responded to a call for an unresponsive male just before 9 a.m. when he experienced “distress” and “immediately collapsed in cardiac arrest,” the agency said in a press release. Oswald was providing an emergency medical assessment on the patient when he collapsed, officials said.
Oswald, an eight-year veteran, was transported to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. Attempts to resuscitate Oswald were unsuccessful, officials said.
Southampton Town police said the unidentified male patient also died. Police are waiting for an autopsy to determine a cause of death.
Oswald’s funeral arrangements are pending, officials said.