Speaker Silver Acknowledges Heroic Actions of Assemblyman Sean Ryan
and Assembly Staff Member Bakary Janneh

Assembly Chamber
Wednesday, June 11, 2014


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Speaker Sheldon Silver (right) thanked Assembly staffer Bakary Janneh, during today's session, for coming to the rescue of Assemblywoman Annette Robinson who last week experienced choking symptoms and was out of breath in the Assembly chamber. Silver and his Assembly colleagues also recognized Assemblyman Sean Ryan who initially came to the aid of Robinson. Following Ryan's efforts, Janneh, a volunteer ambulance corps EMT, expertly performed the Heimlich Maneuver that saved her.


As many of you know, an emergency transpired on the floor of this House last week. One of our colleagues, Assembly Member Annette Robinson, was choking and unable to breathe.

A number of you immediately came to her aid, most notably Assembly Member Sean Ryan, who made several valiant attempts to dislodge the obstruction.

Sean, we thank you for your heroic efforts.

Recognizing that Mrs. Robinson's situation was worsening, a young man who was sitting in this Chamber at the time, Bakary Janneh

A young man who is both a member of our Program and Counsel staff as well as a volunteer EMT with the local Mohawk Ambulance Corps

Came to the rescue, lifted Ms. Robinson from the floor, performed the Heimlich Maneuver with precise, technical perfection and saved her.

Assembly Member Robinson, on behalf of the House, let me say how wonderful it is to know that you are well and back in action. As you know better than anyone, it was a frightening moment and we are greatly relieved to see that you are okay.

Mister Janneh, if you will stand and be recognized by the House.

Bakary, first and foremost, let me say "thank you." Your calm, swift action prevented an accident from becoming a tragedy. We are fortunate indeed to have someone with your life saving training serving in the Assembly.

In considering your actions last week and in reviewing your resume, you are clearly demonstrating both exceptional leadership qualities and a strong, selfless commitment to serving the greater good.

Bakary, we salute your heroic actions and we are proud that you are a member of our Program and Counsel staff. My colleagues, let us join in giving Bakary Janneh a much deserved round of applause.

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