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City recognizes Brighton man for reviving restaurant customer before emergency crews arrived

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  November 9, 2012 02:45 PM

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(Boston Police Department)

From left to right: Irene Barone, the daughter of the restaurant’s owner; Richard Redmond; Joseph Kolojejchick; Irene Barone and her husband and restaurant owner Carlo Barone; Sergeant Michael C. O’Hara.

City officials recognized a Brighton man Thursday for his efforts to resuscitate a fellow restaurant customer, saving the other man before emergency crews arrived.

Joseph Kolojejchick, 64, revived the other patron, 61-year-old Richard Redmond, at Carlo's Cucina Italiana restaurant in Allston at about 8 p.m. on Oct. 13, according to a police report.

Redmond was having dinner when he suffered a medical issue, became unresponsive, stopped breathing, and began to turn blue, the report said. Kolojejchick, a nurse, performed CPR and brought Redmond back to consciousness before police, fire, and emergency medical technicians arrived.

Kolojejchick and Redmond reunited at the popular restaurant Thursday morning, where Kolojejchick was honored by members of the Boston Police Department’s District D-14 and the restaurant’s ownership and family.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and City Councilor Mark Ciommo also recognized the man’s quick thinking, officials said.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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