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Honoring heroes: officers receive awards for saving man’s life

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Three local CHP officers received the American Red Cross’ Hero Award for their lifesaving CPR efforts after a 69- year-old man went into cardiac arrest along State Route 99.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Donnelly, of the Madera district CHP office, said Friday that Officer Ronnie Lopez was in the right place to help save a life last year, and acted immediately when the emergency distress call came in.

Donnelly said officers received a call that the man, a passenger in a car, had suddenly stopped breathing. The man went into full cardiac arrest, turned blue and collapsed in the car along the roadside.

All CHP officers are trained as emergency first responders, but doing CPR along a roadside isn’t all that common, he said...


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