At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) personnel from Fire Station 40 in Pico Rivera were honored for their outstanding work and effort in saving the life of an elderly man who suffered a massive heart attack.
“This call is an example of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s teamwork, caring and commitment to our communities,” said First District Supervisor Hilda Solis. “Every minute counts, and we want to thank them for their steadfast work.”
On Thursday, August 23, the father of Susan Garcia, an Executive Secretary at the County’s Internal Services Department, suffered a heart attack. A call was immediately made to 911 while family members and a neighbor performed CPR until firefighters arrived within minutes.
Firefighters helped the patient regain a pulse and transported him to a local hospital where he has since made a full recovery.
Grateful for the life-saving efforts and compassion of Fire Captain Christopher Guerra and his crew, the patient’s daughter wrote a letter of appreciation to the Department which also led to the special recognition from the Board of Supervisors. The patient’s grandson, Joseph Arambula, was also present at the recognition ceremony and happens to be a LACoFD firefighter.