PALMDALE – Seven emergency responders at Wednesday evening’s Palmdale Council meeting were recognized for their “heroic efforts” after bringing back to life a retired Los Angeles City Fire captain who suffered a heart attack on May 15, 2015.
The City Council and Los Angeles County Fire Department thanked the group for successfully providing Advanced Life Support (ALS) Cardiac Arrest treatment to retired Fire Captain David Moore at the Antelope Valley Country Club.
Honored at Wednesday’s meeting for their amazing life-saving skills were Fire Station 24 Captain Paul Stump, Engineer John Miller, Firefighter Andy Morales, Firefighter Paramedic Robert Metro, Firefighter Paramedic Brad Wolfenstein, and American Medical Response EMTs Patrick Perez and Drake Nolan.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Division V Assistant Fire Chief Gerald Cosey told the public just how the responders were able to bring Moore back to life after he collapsed and became unconscious at the AV Country Club.
“The first responders arrived and started CPR, hooking the patient up to the AED, an automatic external defibrillator, which delivers a series of shocks when the heart is not beating,” Fire Chief Cosey said. “Unsuccessful, they had to continue CPR.”
He said Paramedic Squad 37 then arrived and started an IV with cardiac medication, while following up with another “series of shocks” with their defibrillator. However, there was no response from the patient.
“Thirty minutes later after extensive efforts in their attempt to revive this man, they were able to have some cardiac simulation occurrence,” Chief Cosey said. “They then loaded up the patient and took him to the Palmdale Regional Medical Center, where he was successfully transformed from a death state to a surviving patient of a cardiac arrest.”
Chief Cosey said the hospital had to put Capt. Moore into a medically-induced coma. He came out of the coma four days later, “and three days after that, he left the hospital to rejoin his family at home – and lead a healthy life after that,” Chief Cosey said.
“None of that could have occurred without those heroic efforts from these folks here.”
Making an appearance at the Palmdale Council meeting to reunite with his rescuers, Capt. Moore was presented with a “re-birth certificate” from Chief Cosey.
“Needless to say, I’m probably the most happiest person in this room,” Capt. Moore said. “And I love each and every one of these guys.”
Moore said he spent 14 of his 31-year career serving alongside paramedics and was not able to count how many people he had saved.
“But we tried to save everybody,” he said. “And to think that one day after I retired I would be in the same position, hoping that the guys would take care of me just like I took care of other people – I’m so thrilled.”
He described the tireless efforts of the emergency responders and how they refused to give up on saving his life at the country club.
“You guys have no idea how tiring it is to perform CPR,” he explained. “One person cannot do it for 30 minutes. These guys were rotating, taking turns – and they had to compress my chest so much so that the members at the country club thought ‘you’re killing him by pushing on his chest so hard.'”
Admitting how his chest had hurt for nearly two and a half months following the incident, he said it was a minor price to pay compared to the second chance he had received from this dedicated crew of emergency responders.