SRPD officers praised for quick response during medical emergency

On- and off-duty officers help save man in cardiac arrest at gym

Three San Ramon police officers were lauded for their actions to help treat a man who went into sudden cardiac arrest while exercising at a local gym Sunday afternoon, according to a department spokesman.

The 70-year-old man's condition was reportedly improving Tuesday morning following the incident at ClubSport San Ramon, according to San Ramon police Lt. Denton Carlson.

"There is no doubt the medical assistance provided by San Ramon police officers, who were both on and off duty, played a significant role in saving the life of this individual, and for that they should all be commended," Carlson said in a statement.

The incident began around 2:40 p.m. Sunday when police were called to the fitness center off Bollinger Canyon Road after receiving a report of a man who was unresponsive after collapsing, Carlson said.

Officers Matt Scully and Sophia Wrangham arrived within two minutes of being dispatched and found club members attending to the 70-year-old man, who had gone into sudden cardiac arrest while working out on a treadmill, according to the lieutenant.

Scully, joined by off-duty San Ramon police Cpl. Tami Williams, who was exercising at ClubSport on her day off, began administering CPR while Wrangham used an automated external defibrillator on the man, Carlson said.

They continued performing medical assistance until San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District personnel arrived and took over the medical response, Carlson said. The man was ultimately transported to San Ramon Regional Medical Center for treatment.

San Ramon Valley Fire Capt. Jon Sinclear said the outcome could have been "grim" for the 70-year-old if the San Ramon police officers "did not take the aggressive lifesaving actions they did."

Carlson also credited the new San Ramon Valley 911 Communications Center, a joint emergency dispatch center for the police and fire agencies, for helping the officers and fire personnel respond quickly and work to save the man's life.

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11 people like this
Posted by Theresa
a resident of Danville
on Jul 13, 2016 at 6:32 am

Kudos to the SRPD for their quick response. I'm happy to hear the gentleman will be ok.

10 people like this
Posted by John Langen
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 13, 2016 at 7:12 am

So nice to hear that our Fine Police dept can respond at an instant moment in cases such as this. Love San Ramon in so many ways. Can always count on police,fire and emergency aid to respond in such a speed manner. Thank you. !!!! Thank you !!!, Thank you !!!!!

4 people like this
Posted by K. Lambert
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 13, 2016 at 9:12 am

Another example of excellence. I've lived in SR for 22 years now. SRPD has always been efficient and professional. Thanks for all they do.

6 people like this
Posted by grandma
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 13, 2016 at 3:29 pm

Many,many years ago, just after we moved to San Ramon, I was entering the northbound 680 on-ramp and observed officers from three SRPD cars trying to calm and secure a frightened little dog running on the freeway. I knew then that San Ramon was my kind of town. I'm not surprised the caring and compassion still are there.

2 people like this
Posted by Costasol
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 23, 2016 at 9:01 am

Thanks for doing your job. Wish I could've made the last PD cut but the nepotism there was too much to overcome. They take care of their own first and always (and especially so with FD).

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