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'We're Not Going To Let You Go' Is Upper Saddle River EMS Worker's Credo

Arman Fardenesh, second from right, and other young Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corps members.
Arman Fardenesh, second from right, and other young Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corps members. Photo Credit: Arman Fardenesh
Young USRVAC members pile into a truck for a photo.
Young USRVAC members pile into a truck for a photo. Photo Credit: Cynthia Dilatush
Young Upper Saddle River volunteers hang out around the HUMC chopper.
Young Upper Saddle River volunteers hang out around the HUMC chopper. Photo Credit: Cynthia Dilatush
USRVAC members help shovel snow in the colder months and will also visit homes of senior residents to deliver meals and water.
USRVAC members help shovel snow in the colder months and will also visit homes of senior residents to deliver meals and water. Photo Credit: Cynthia Dilatush

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J. — Arman Fardanesh was 16 when he responded to an Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corps call of a newborn who fell three feet from a kitchen countertop onto the cold, hard floor.

The horrors that Fardanesh, now 26, has seen the past decade have strengthened him.

“When you see death at a young age you mature a lot faster,” said Fardanesh, the former chief of Aetna’s response team at the University of Delaware, where he managed five squads that responded to approximately 10,000 calls per year.

“You get a different appreciation for life and how short it can be,” he said.

Former Capt. Cynthia Dilatush was washing out the rigs one holiday weekend when a potentially fatal car crash alert came in over the radio.

Assuming Fardanesh was away at college, Dilatush was surprised to see him at the scene along with his 16-year-old friend.

“We saved their life that day,” she said, recalling how she worked in silence with the two boys and two other volunteers to load the victim into a helicopter in less than 15 minutes.

Volunteering with USRVAC helps give young people a sense of purpose a boost in self-esteem, Dilatush said.

The determination that Fardanesh has, however, is something that can't be taught, she added.

"He has the 'right here, right now, we're not going to let you go' kind of determination," she said. "He's just like that."

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Email captain@usrems.org for information on the youth volunteer program, Exploring EMS Post 133.

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