Rangers saved the life of a coworker in the library of the Kris Eggle Visitor Center last week.
Rangers received an in-person report that a man had collapsed in the library. They found one of the park’s volunteers conscious and breathing, but with a slightly altered level of consciousness. A local ambulance was requested.
While monitoring the man and obtaining his history, he suddenly stopped breathing and became pulseless. Ranger Jeff Quam immediately started CPR while Rangers Nathan Puskar and Matt Vandzura attached an AED. Quam’s compressions resulted in a return of pulse, respirations, and semi-consciousness.
The ailing volunteer was transferred to Ajo Ambulance and then to Air Evac Five for transport to Banner Estrella Hospital in Phoenix. Within four days, he was back at the park, outfitted with a pacemaker. He’s been cleared to begin working again in a couple of weeks.
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