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APD Officers with AFD Paramedics Save Man’s Life

Friday’s Heroes: APD Officers Vicente Martinez and John Burley AFD Rescue 8 & Engine 4 Lt. James Perez, Driver Ross Roybal, Lt. Michael Brophy, Driver Karl Zink, FF Brant Gibbs, and FF Jeff Dallman

Albuquerque, N.M.- The quick actions of Albuquerque’s first responders saved a man’s life. Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored the Albuquerque Police Department Officers as well as the Albuquerque Fire Department personnel who quickly responded to the call and were able to revive a man suffering from cardiac arrest.


About two weeks ago, on September 13th, APD Dispatch received a call reporting a possible drunk driver. When Officers Vincente Martinez and John Burley found the car in question, instead of finding an intoxicated person, they found a male clenching his chest that was unresponsive, pulseless and not breathing.


The Officers immediately jumped into action, removing the man from the car, requesting EMS, and beginning CPR. Both Officers dedicated themselves to resuscitating the man. When the rescue and engine from AFD arrived minutes later, the Officers continued to assist by holding an I.V. and helping to lift the man into the rescue. AFD Engine 4 and Rescue 6 immediately started performing Advanced Life Support Interventions.


Together with the assistance of AFD personnel, the patient’s pulse returned and he started breathing again. On the way to the hospital the man was listed as critical condition, but by the next day he was fully alert, communicating with his doctors, and is expected to make a full recovery- thanks to the quick action of the AFD and APD first responders.