This was posted to the Google Group of my running club.........
On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 3:57 PM, Ami Hassler wrote:
Methodist Hospital is looking to identify a runner who collapsed in Prospect Park on New Year's Eve. The runner is in his mid-fifties, Caucasian and all he had on him was an inhaler. If anyone thinks they might know this runner, please call Methodist Hospital.
A customer came into JackRabbit asking that I try and get the word out.
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That's about it. Ami works at a running shoe store and a guy walked in and said something like "Not for notin but there is a guy in the in The Intensive Care Unit, he was brought in with no ID, but maybe you can help us find his family. That's mostly it.
Saturday our Google Group yaks back and forth about the media should be picking up on this and we start talking about how maybe someone should go see if he can be recognized. That evening we get this report.
I went to Methodist Hospital today and looked at the unidentified runner who is in ICU. I did not recognize him. He has a light brown beard and mustache and is on the heavy side for a runner. He is white and looks to be in his 50's. They would not give any details to me other than to say he was running in the park sometime before New Year's Eve and was not carrying ID. Perhaps you guys want to go look at him. You can call the Admitting office at Methodist or just stop by and talk to security. Enter on 6th street near 7th avenue.So I figured I could go there too. I was going to pass the hospital on my way to my kid's track meet so it was the least I could do. I had my son sit in the comfy chairs in the lobby and went to the Candy Stripper at the Front Desk (Is Candy Stripper a derogatory term, I hope not.) I told her I was the Vice President of the Prospect Park Track Club and that I might be able to identify the person with no ID. She did not know what I was talking about but did know there was a John Doe in Room #$ of the Intensive Care Unit. She just gave me a pass. Just like that.
I repeated my story 2 more times and then was led to his room That was easy. I told the nurses that I did not know him. Then my status changed from possible friend to unwelcome intruder. I was ushered out.
Then I went to the boy's meet and got back on the interweb. At this point my teammates and I were a little pissed off that it was just us trying to figure out who this guy is. So we called in our connections.
Since I was the guy that actually look at the guy my teammates with media connections made me the point person. I got emails and then calls from the Wall Street Journal and DNAinfo New York. Our conversations were mostly the same. They both asked me if I took a photo of the guy. "What are you kidding, I felt like I was violating his privacy by being in the room with him. It would have been super creepy to whip out my phone and take a photo. Maybe I should have climbed into bed with him and take a selfie.
Here is my quote from the WSJ Article
"There is a mystery," said Michael Ring, 50, the vice president of the Prospect Park Track Club, who visited Methodist Hospital over the weekend but didn't recognize the man. "We're all aware there's a guy in the hospital but nobody's missing a friend," added Mr. Ring, who has alerted his club's approximately 750 members.
and this from DNAinfo
At least three local runners have visited the nameless jogger to see if they recognized him, said Michael Ring, vice president of the Prospect Park Track Club. Ring went to the man's bedside in the intensive care unit on Sunday after hearing about the case from other runners. The man — who Ring described as "middle-aged, slightly overweight and balding" — didn't look familiar.Ring took a moment to speak to the man, who was unconscious and had a tube in his mouth. "I kind of awkwardly said to him, 'Sir I don't know you, but I hope you’re going to be OK.'"