New York National Guard
By Master Sgt. Raymond Drumsta
March 10, 2016
As a Soldier, police officer and volunteer firefighter, Reyes has racked up an array of medical qualifications, including combat lifesaver and emergency medical technician. For the last three years, he's been a member of the police department's Medical Crisis Action Team, which responds to emergency incidents like active shooters and barricaded subjects.
But, Reyes stressed, his infantry training and civilian training work hand-in-hand — whether he's serving as a Soldier, police officer or firefighter.
EAST PATCHOGUE, N.Y. — Protecting and treating people is all part of Arnold Reyes' life of public service, whether he's serving as a Suffolk County Police Officer, or as command sergeant major in the New York Army National Guard.
This is police officer Arnold Reyes on thejob with the Suffolk County Police Department.Reyes is also the command sergeant major of theNew York Army National Guard’s 2nd Battalion,108th Infantry. Reyes and others helped bring awoman back to life in December 2015.Photo By: New York National Guard
So Dec. 19 — when he and others literally brought Kathleen Manganello, a 72-year old retired librarian, back to life here — was just another day for Reyes.
"I guess it's just ingrained...helping people," he reflected.
But for Manganello's family, Reyes is much more.
He's an "amazing superhero," her son, Andrew, told WLNY news during a January press conference in which Reyes was reunited with Manganello and her family.
An Iraq veteran who served in Baghdad in 2004 and 2005, Reyes' life of public service also includes 16 years in the Suffolk County Police Department and about 28 years in the Army infantry. Now the command sergeant major of the 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, the Selden, New York, resident has served most of his Army career in the New York Army National Guard.
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