Bystanders Save Lives in Neighboring California Cities

In two Sonoma County, Calif. cities just 40 minutes apart, the quick-thinking actions of bystanders helped save two lives in a span of less than three months.

Three friends — Mason Matulaitis, Toby Ford-Monroe and Nate Jordan — jumped to their friend Mikey Serbicki’s aid when he collapsed while the four were playing two-on-two basketball in their home city of Sonoma in June. When Toby called 911, the dispatcher said Mikey was likely in cardiac arrest. Mason immediately began applying chest compressions, a skill he’d learned in gym class. Nate spotted a recently installed AED and, despite his nervousness about the device, used it to deliver lifesaving shocks to Mikey’s heart. Read more about Nate overcoming his hesitation to use the AED and Mikey’s full recovery in the Sonoma Index-Tribune >>

Nearly two months to the day in neighboring Santa Rosa, Calif., Mark Hays collapsed while playing indoor soccer. Meredith Freed, an intensive care nurse, was playing nearby when she heard commotion. She, along with a second medical professional, quickly assessed the situation and began delivering CPR while a third player, also a nurse, searched for an AED. After the AED administered a shock and compressions continued, Hays not only regained consciousness; he was able to walk around in the facility. Read more about what Jenny Ogston, manager of the Epicenter sports facility, called “the best possible outcome” in The Press Democrat >>

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