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May 18
​College Basketball Player, Cardiac Arrest Survivor to Celebrate with Wake County EMS

Events Planned as Part of National EMS Week

Ty Solomon, the South Carolina State University basketball player who survived cardiac arrest during a basketball game against North Carolina State University in December, will return to Raleigh as part of the Wake County EMS “Code: Celebrate!” event on May 22. Solomon and his coach, Murray Gavin, will address other survivors and their first responders.

“This event provides an opportunity for survivors and responders to come together and share their stories,” said Dr. Jose Cabanas, director of Wake County EMS. “It’s inspiring for our EMS providers to talk with their former patients, meet their families and see the difference they’ve made in their lives.”

The Wake County EMS system has one of the most successful cardiac arrest survival programs in the nation. This year’s “Code: Celebrate!” celebrates a record 120 survivors of cardiac arrest in Wake County during 2017. It takes place at 7 p.m. at NC State’s Reynolds Coliseum and is free and open to the public.

The event is part of National EMS Week, which runs May 20–26. Wake County EMS launched EMS Week with an open house at Station 1 on Monday, May 21.

Wake County EMS responded to approximately 103,000 requests for service in 2017. The system marked 40 years of service in 2016. Learn more about Wake County EMS here.

For more information about Code: Celebrate!, contact Jeffrey Hammerstein, assistant chief, Wake County EMS, at 919-625-3260 or jeffrey.hammerstein@wakegov.com.





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