Off-duty firefighters praised for resuscitating man at San Ramon gym

CPR, AED help save man in cardiac arrest at 24 Hour Fitness

A pair of off-duty San Ramon Valley firefighters who were at 24 Hour Fitness in San Ramon last weekend helped save the life of a fellow gym member who went into cardiac arrest, according to the fire district.

Firefighter paramedic Casey Rivers and deputy chief Lon Phares helped resuscitate the man, who collapsed and was unresponsive in the treadmill area Saturday afternoon, according to a statement from San Ramon Valley Fire.

The man, who is in his mid-70s, is expected to fully recover without neurological damage, Phares said by phone Wednesday. "Sounds like he's going to be just fine ... so it was a great ending," the deputy chief added.

The incident began just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday when 24 Hour Fitness staff called 9-1-1 and made an announcement asking any emergency personnel at the gym to respond to the treadmill area, district officials said.

Rivers and Phares responded and found the man without a pulse and not breathing, district officials said. The pair began CPR while gym officials secured their automated external defibrillator (AED), which was used to resuscitate the man.

Crews from Fire Station 34 arrived to the scene within three minutes and then transported the man to San Ramon Regional Medical Center for further examination, according to the district.

San Ramon Valley Fire officials also credited 24 Hour Fitness for having an AED readily available and for the efforts of gym staff members Nicole Turman, Christie Vinson, Adam Plummer, Amber Atencio and Brandon Tontz during the life-saving response.

"The SRVFPD strongly supports the placement of AEDs in targeted public areas, such as local health clubs, and encourages all residents to learn CPR and the use of an AED," district officials said in the statement.

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9 people like this
Posted by Skooter
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

Wonderful!!! Thank you all for your life saving endeavor.

10 people like this
Posted by Danville John
a resident of Danville
on Feb 5, 2016 at 9:35 am

This is a great story. Thanks to everyone involved.

4 people like this
Posted by Kerri
a resident of Danville
on Feb 7, 2016 at 9:35 pm

Thank you SRV Fire for all your hard work on & off the clock. You are true heroes.

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