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Calexico man's life is saved by police officers

March 03, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Two police officers here saved the life of a Calexico man after he suffered an apparent heart attack while in his vehicle at the intersection of highways 111 and 98.

Calexico police Sgt. Victor Legaspi said officers Tim McEntire and Carlos Ramirez found a vehicle about 1:30 p.m. Friday stalled in the middle of the intersection and blocking traffic.

The officers, thinking the driver had problems with his vehicle, stopped to offer assistance.

McEntire started directing traffic while Ramirez went to talk to the driver. The name of the driver was not available. The driver was thought to be in his early to mid-70s.

When Ramirez approached the driver he noticed he was unresponsive. Ramirez checked for vital signs and found none.

He called McEntire and they both performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation until paramedics arrived.

The man was taken to El Centro Regional Medical Center, where he was in critical condition as of Friday.

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Legaspi said the two police officers were commended by A fire captain and paramedics for their fast action and proper application of CPR techniques.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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