On March 17th, fire engines and Sierra Nevada Medics responded to the report of a 22 year old male in cardiac arrest. First responders arrived to find bystander CPR being conducted by the father and girl friend of Ricky Ewald. Fire personnel from both engines took over CPR, established an airway and administered two shocks via an AED. Medics arrived and provided ALS care and transported patient to SNMH where additional care was given prior to transfer to Sacramento. Fire Captain Pat Sullivan from the Coyote Street Station in Nevada City says the bystander CPR the father and girl friend performed saves this young man’s life.
“For us the amazing this besides the age of the young man was that the fact his father knew compression only CPR, recognized it and did an amazing job and he and his girlfriend Vanessa had basically saved the young man’s life. We were able to build upon their good work and it followed all the way through his cardiac care until his release from Mercy General”
The parents and family of the young man that was saved want to share with the community the importance of bystander CPR, and celebrate the Fire/Medic response that saved a young man who survived acute cardiac arrest. The family and the patient Ricky have requested to meet the firefighters and medics who assisted in the life saving effort. The public is invited out for the occasion at Fire Station 84 on Coyote Street in Nevada City at 10 am Friday March 30th. The patient walked out of a Sacramento Hospital Friday morning the 23rd.