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Isotopes Usher Suffers Massive Heart Attack

Friday’s Heroes: Albuquerque Fire Department Isotopes Crew, Rescue 2 and AAS Good Samaritans: Andrew Garrison, Nick Orn, and Bobby Atencio

September 9, 2016

Albuquerque- Today, the City of Albuquerque recognized the Albuquerque Fire Department’s (AFD) Isotopes crew, the team from Rescue 2, Albuquerque Ambulance Services (AAS) Paramedics, and three Isotopes employees for saving the life of an Isotopes’ usher.

On the morning of  May 17th, 79 year old Willie Miera  was driving to work at Isotopes Park, where he has been an  usher for 14 years, when he felt intense chest and arm  pain.  He recognized that this pain was very serious and needed immediate attention. So, as soon as he arrived at work he sought out the AFD EMT and Paramedic team who are always on standby at home games to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The EMT’s knew how serious this pain was and immediately called 911. They then provided oxygen and medication to Miera and placed him on a heart monitor.

When Rescue 2 and AAS arrived, they confirmed that the symptoms and the rhythm on the cardiac monitor indicated that Miera was experiencing a cardiac blockage. Miera was quickly transported Heart Hospital. As soon as Miera arrived at the hospital he lost consciousness. Awaiting his arrival, doctors immediately took him to the catheterization lab. There, they discovered Miera’s main artery to his heart was 95% blocked. Doctors inserted 2 stents to provide the necessary blood flow to and from Miera’s heart.

Miera is a staple at Isotopes Park. According to his colleagues, he has one of the best views in the ballpark, directly behind home plate. His love of baseball started in his youth, playing baseball in high school, college and even into this military service while in the Army. He moved to Albuquerque in 1969, and through the ball club’s job fair, he found his perfect job.

It is due to the quick actions and delicate care of the AFD crews, AAS crew, and his fellow employees that Miera was able to return to work at the end of August after a two week stay at the hospital and two months at home. It is for these reasons that these individuals are being awarded the acknowledgment of being City of Albuquerque’s Friday’s Heroes and Good Samaritans.





AFD Isotopes Crew: Driver Adam Arvizo, Firefighter Mike Putelli, Paramedic Driver Jose Gomez, and Driver Justin Baca

AFD Rescue 2: Paramedic Lt. Casey Duree, Paramedic Driver Matthew Wolf, and Firefighter Saloman Gonzales.

AAS: Paramedic Colton Dean and Paramedic Jason McKinney

Isotopes Employees: Andrew Garrison, Nick Orn, and Bobby Atencio