Wednesday's Letters to the Editor

Saving a life

EDITOR: Recently, a friend of mine suffered cardiac arrest at home before leaving for work.

He is alive today because his wife called 911 immediately and spoke with REDCOM dispatch.

He is alive because his wife and son immediately performed aggressive hands-only CPR as directed by the dispatcher.

He is alive because a Gold Ridge fire engine arrived within minutes, firefighters continued CPR and shocked him with an AED.

He is alive because a Sonoma Life Support ambulance paramedic arrived a minute later to provide advanced care and transport him to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

He is alive because he was treated expertly at the hospital.

He's now home because our EMS system worked exactly as it was designed. His smile and sore chest are a testament to the value of hands-only CPR performed immediately by family or bystanders.

Question: Do the friends, family and community around you know how to do hands-only CPR? Will you know what to do when it is your family member or friend?

If the answer is no, go to heartrescuenow.com. You can learn how to save a life in less than five minutes.

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