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When Seconds Count

Posted: March 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 6, 2014 2:00 a.m.

A very heartfelt “thank you” to the 911 operators, firefighters, paramedics, ambulance staff and sheriff’s deputies who responded to the call for help at my home the evening of Feb. 26.

My wife, Pamela, was suffering a severe asthma attack, which just prior to the emergency team’s arrival turned into full respiratory arrest.

The team’s quick and decisive action was followed by a “lights and siren” ride to the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.

The Henry Mayo ER staff was ready for our arrival and provided Pamela excellent care.

Within a very short time, she was awake, responsive and breathing well. A special “thank you” also goes to the Henry Mayo ER team.

There is no better reminder of the importance of public safety services than when your loved one is in severe distress and an emergency team comes to the rescue.

When seconds count, we can all help. Please remember to pull over and move out of the way whenever an emergency vehicle comes up behind you with lights and sirens going.

Pam is home now and doing very well. The doctors believe the incident was most likely caused by an interaction of blood pressure and asthma medications. With meds adjusted, we are hoping for the best.

Because of the actions of our first-responders, Pam and I can say today, “God bless them all.”




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