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Reunion, Thankfulness Shared At Community Ambulance
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A reunion of Escalon Community Ambulance crews and a cardiac patient occurred recently at the local station. Shown, from left: Steve Riley, Paramedic; Ciara Warren, (patient David Warrens daughter); Jessica Phillips, EMT; David Warren; Vanessa Herrero, Paramedic; David Marconett, SST; and Jon Tribble, EMT. Photo Contributed

Escalon Community Ambulance personnel recently received a visit from David Warren and his daughter Ciara.

“David stopped by our station to visit our crews and specifically to say thank you to the crew of Vanessa Herrero, Paramedic and Jessica Phillips, EMT who helped save his life on August 18,” explained Escalon Community Ambulance Chief Mike Pitassi. “The 911 call for David came in at 7:30 p.m. for a male with chest pain. David was sitting on his sofa watching TV when he had a sudden onset of chest pains.”

On that summer night, Pitassi said, Paramedic Herrero and her partner EMT Phillips made their assessment, conducted a 12 lead EKG, administered an IV, and administered medication for pain.

“The pain got worse and during the trip to the hospital David’s heart stopped,” Pitassi said. “Paramedic Herrero began CPR and administered a counter shock to the patient’s heart. It worked. Once the ambulance arrived at Memorial Medical Center, David was taken in immediately for a cardiac catheterization.”

The procedure restored circulation to his heart muscle and allowed him to return to his regular life.

“I have been given a second chance and am very appreciative of the EMS system,” said Warren.

He added that he was thankful for all the first responders, which included members of Escalon Fire District and the doctors and nurses at Memorial Medical Center who worked so hard to give him the opportunity to continue to live his life.