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A Life Saved Using CPR Is Celebrated At Simi Valley Family YMCA
Doug Herder had just arrived to work at the Simi Valley YMCA when he suddenly lost consciousness and fell to the floor. Because of quick action by YMCA staff and a YMCA member, he survived.
YMCA staff member Joe Piscitello saw Herder on the floor first. "I checked his pulse and airways," says Piscitello. He alerted Erin Wimmer, the Y's Director of Healthy Living, who called 911 and retrieved an automated external defibrillator (AED). Stephen Bilbrey, a YMCA member, was just leaving after a workout, began chest compressions. After about three minutes of chest compressions, CPR resuscitation breathing and using the AED, Herder took a deep breath. "Seconds later, EMT personnel arrived and took over," says Bilbrey.
"This is a special day for us at the Y," says Ronnie Stone, the Southeast Ventura County YMCA CEO. "It's a day of celebration--
The day was also a reminder to the public to become CPR and AED-trained. "Properly applying chest compressions can give the individual the extra minutes needed until EMTs arrive," says Joe Williams, Engineer Battalion Chief with the Ventura County Fire Department. "The chain of survival involves many people including the public."
After five stents were placed in his heart, Herder is back to work and says he is feeling fine.
"To the three who first stepped in and all those who helped, from the bottom of my heart, thank you," says Herder.
For more about the Simi Valley YMCA, go to https://www.sevymca.org/
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