Eyewitness News

Operation 7 Safe a Life: Your Questions Answered

Our experts answered your questions about fire safety, burn treatment and more during Eyewitness News First at 4:00 p.m.

FDNY Lieutenant Anthony Mancuso, Dr. Roger Yurt, Director of Hearst Burn Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Crystal Robinson, Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist at Kidde, answered questions during a live Spreecast and a Cover-It Live chat.

These special events are part of our 16th year of WABC-TV's Operation 7 Save a Life campaign. You can also watch our half hour special devoted to increasing public awareness about fire safety on Saturday, January 25nd at 7:00 p.m.

SPREECAST

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After the Spreecast, our experts answered questions using Cover It Live.

COVER IT LIVE CHAT

 

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Bios of Participants

Lt. Anthony Mancuso, FDNY

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Lt. Mancuso joined the FDNY on Oct 24, 1983. He started in Engine 26 in Manhattan and has been assigned to Engine 239 in Brooklyn since 1997.

Lt. Mancuso is the Director of Fire Safety Education for the FDNY, and has been since 2006. He, and the members of the FDNY Fire Safety Education unit give thousands of lectures each year to people of all ages about the importance of fire safety. The work of the Fire Safety Education unit receives a great deal of credit for the historic low numbers of fire related deaths in NYC over the past decade.

The program teaches adults, seniors and children how to be fire safe by knowing how to escape from a fire. People learn about kitchen safety, responsible cigarette use and the dangers of candles. The importance of smoke alarms and CO detectors in the home and demonstrate proper use of these safety devices is also stressed.

Dr. Roger Yurt

Roger Yurt, MD is Chief of Burns, Critical Care and Trauma at the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center. He is the Johnson and Johnson Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Yurt is a well-published researcher, a dedicated teacher and a world renowned, board-certified expert in the treatment of burns and wound healing. He is recognized for his devotion to the improvement in the quality of life of burn victims and for his pioneering research in trauma, burns and technology related to the treatment of burns.

Dr. Yurt was awarded the position of Honorary Medical Officer of the Fire Department of New York City by Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano in December 2013.

Dr. Yurt graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He received his M.D. in 1972 from the University of Miami School of Medicine, and was an intern and a resident in Surgery at the Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas-Southwestern,in Dallas, Texas. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in Medicine at the Robert B. Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Chief Resident in Surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Yurt is a member of many prestigious medical and scientific societies, including the American College of Surgeons (where he served as Governor from 1990-1996), the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American Association of Medical Colleges (where he served as a Delegate on the Council of Academic Societies from 1985-1987) and the American Burn Association (where he served as second Vice President and on the Board of Trustees from 2004-2006).

Dr. Yurt has been repeatedly recognized by Castle Connelly as one of the "Best Doctors in America"; he has been included in New York Magazine's Best Doctors issue from 1998 to the present. In 2011, he was named by US News & World as one of "America's Top Doctors." He has been selected as one of New York's "SuperDoctors" from 2008 to the present, an honor accorded only 5 percent of New York physicians.

He is widely published with over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters and serves on the editorial board and is an ad-hoc reviewer for 6 professional journals. Dr. Yurt serves as Chairman of the Physicians' Advisory Committee for the Emergency Medical Society. He also serves on the Ad-Hoc Disaster Response Planning Committee for the American Burn Association. He is the Co-Principle Investigator for a grant from the Federal Health Resources & Services Administration for Disaster Planning for Burn Injury in New York City.

After graduating from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Dr. Yurt earned his graduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. He received his M.D. in 1972 from the University of Miami School of Medicine, andcompleted his internship and his residency training in Surgery at the Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas-Southwestern, in Dallas, Texas. He did his postdoctoral fellowship in Medicine at the Robert B. Brigham Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was Chief Resident in Surgery at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

Crystal Robinson, Kidde

Crystal Robinson is in her eighth year at Kidde, the world's largest manufacturer of fire safety products. In her current role, she's the Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist and is especially passionate about working with ABC on Operation Save a Life, where together they save lives one smoke alarm at a time. Crystal earned her B.A. in Mass Communication from Meredith College in Raleigh and her M.B.A. from Elon University. When not in the office, she can be found taking imaginary rocket ship trips and building forts with her 18-month-old son, or supporting her wonderful husband in all his crazy adventures. Volunteering is a very important part of her life as well, so Crystal is very active with her local Junior League Chapter, and is passionate about improving her community and making life better for others in general.