Quick re­sponse saves man

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE -

PALM­DALE — A Palm­dale man is alive to­day thanks to the quick work of Palm­dale sher­iff ’s sta­tion Deputy Gar­cia and oth­ers.

On Sun­day, the Palm­dale sta­tion re­ceived a med­i­cal res­cue emer­gency on the 900 block of E Av­enue Q.

Deputy Knut­son an­swered the 9-1-1 call and was ad­vised of a male adult — Vin­cent Vasquez — bleed­ing un­con­trol­lably from his arm due to a prior med­i­cal pro­ce­dure.

Vasquez and his fam­ily mem­bers were at­tempt­ing to stop the his blood flow by us­ing a belt as a makeshift tourni­quet. Knut­son calm

ly ex­plained to the fam­ily the im­por­tance of keep­ing pres­sure on the wound un­til the med­i­cal per­son­nel ar­rived.

Upon the ar­rival of Palm­dale sta­tion deputies, they no­ticed Vasquez was los­ing a lot of blood very quickly and be­gin­ning to slip in and out of con­scious­ness. Know­ing time was of the essence, Gar­cia quickly sprang into action and ap­plied the tourni­quet from his duty belt to Vasquez’s left arm.

The tourni­quet was able to stop the ma­jor blood flow, ul­ti­mately sav­ing Vasquez’s life. Los An­ge­les County Fire and EMS ar­rived to the lo­ca­tion and trans­ported the pa­tient to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal where he un­der­went a suc­cess­ful surgery.

On Mon­day, Gar­cia took time out of his shift to drop by and visit Vasquez, who is re­cov­er­ing in the hos­pi­tal.

He was in good spir­its and truly grate­ful for the ac­tions taken by all first re­spon­ders in­volved. He truly be­lieves that if it were not for the quick ac­tions of Gar­cia and all other par­ties in­volved, he would not be alive to­day.

PHOTO COURTESY OF DEPUTY RONALD SNEED

Palm­dale Sher­iff’s Sta­tion Deputy Gar­cia vis­its Palm­dale res­i­dent Vin­cent Vasquez life Sun­day by ap­ply­ing a tourni­quet from his duty belt to the man’s left arm. in the hos­pi­tal. Gar­cia saved Vasquez’s

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