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Thanks for life-saving actions at park

Posted: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 10, 2013 2:00 a.m.

I have played men’s Sunday Softball for 23 years for Santa Clarita Parks & Recreation. Little did I know, playing ball would save my life.

On Aug. 11, 2013 at Central Park, I suffered cardiac arrest while playing softball. I had a blood clot and it dropped me right there in the dugout after pitching. With the quick assistance from my teammates Brian Tethers running for the defibrillator and hooking me up for the shocks of my life, Scott Branch for doing my chest compressions without breaking my ribs and my friend Chris Marshall who placed his glove under my head while I was convulsing on the concrete.

I came back to life right there in the dugout. Thanks guys.

I also want to thank Tyler Rosser, EMT and Candy Costa, Nurse, who happened to be on other softball fields. They ran to assist and their quick actions helped save my life. I also want to thank the Fire Department that was at Central Park for a training exercise and paramedics for their assistance. Also, thanks to Central Park Sports Office for their quick response. Thank you to the person who had the foresight to have a defibrillator available in the office.

Really would like to shake your hand.

On Aug. 20, 2006, I had a massive heart attack at Four Corners (K-Mart). I had just finished playing softball at Central Park. I want to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Barton, Dr. Kojoglanian, Anthony Ciaramaglia and Mike Stati who came together to save my life for the first time.

Playing softball placed me at locations where there were people who saved my life twice. It truly was divine intervention. We are so grateful to everyone for their help. Because of you, I will play ball again.



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