On Tuesday, August 20, 2019, the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s (LACoFD) Lifeguard Division, along with the Santa Monica Fire Department and McCormick Ambulance, surprised a seven-year-old at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, days after he suffered a life-threatening emergency.
The visit was filled with joy as the young survivor was eager to officially meet and thank the first responders who played a key role in saving his life. He was even more excited when Acting Chief Lifeguard Fernando Boiteux awarded him a Certificate of Commendation for his bravery and strength.
“The Lifeguard Division is glad to see David is making a strong recovery and we cannot wait to see him back at the beach soon,” say the LACoFD lifeguards.
On August 6th, the young patient suffered from cardiac arrest while enjoying a summer day with his family at the Santa Monica Beach. Lifeguard units responded to the incident by initiating life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with the help of Santa Monica Fire and McCormick Ambulance crews. Once stable, the seven-year-old was transported to the UCLA Medical Center where he spent his time recovering.