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Off-duty Paramedic Responds to Cardiac Arrest

Friday’s Hero: Albuquerque Fire Department’s Paramedic Driver David Zamora.

January 27, 2017

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry awarded David Zamora, a Paramedic Driver in the Albuquerque Fire Department (AFD), as this week’s Friday’s Hero for responding to a critical incident while off the clock.

In December 2016, Paramedic Driver Zamora was off-duty and in the area of Carlisle and Menaul Boulevards. Paramedic Driver Zamora’s PulsePoint app on his smartphone alerted him of a patient at a nearby gas station who was suffering from cardiac arrest and needed immediate CPR. The patient was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Despite the fact that it was Paramedic Driver Zamora’s day off, he didn’t hesitate to drive to the nearby gas station to utilize his AFD CPR training on the patient.

Paramedic Captain Santos Garcia arrived at their location and noticed that Paramedic Driver Zamora had already addressed the emergency situation. Captain Garcia noted that Paramedic Driver Zamora remained on scene and continued to comfort the family until the patient was transferred to the University of New Mexico Hospital. Unfortunately, despite Paramedic Driver Zamora’s swift actions, the patient eventually passed away.

Paramedic Driver Zamora’s heroic nature prompted him to respond to this dire situation despite it being his day off. His distinct character is also what motivated him to remain on scene the entire time to care for the family.
It is for these reasons that Paramedic Driver David Zamora was recognized as the City of Albuquerque’s Friday’s Hero.


PulsePoint is a free smartphone app that alerts CPR trained subscribers who are within a quarter mile of a sudden cardiac arrest event within Albuquerque city limits. Alerts are triggered by AFD’s 9-1-1 center, at the same time Albuquerque Firefighter, EMT’s, and paramedics are dispatched. Since AFD launched PulsePoint in February 2015, there are 4,637 subscribers. Of these, there are 2,557 subscribers who have enabled the CPR alerts. AFD is the first fire department in New Mexico to implement the life-saving app.