On Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, an off-duty Santa Monica Police Department employee suffered a cardiac arrest while at Memorial Park Gym. Luckily, Jose Barron and Anthony Diaz, both employees of the City of Santa Monica Community Recreation, witnessed this and were able to jump into action.
Without hesitation, Barron and Diaz were able to render aid. They dialed 9-1-1 and worked together while taking directions from the dispatcher, Joanna Worgan. She provided the two men with instructions to initiate CPR and on how to properly use the defibrillator.
The paramedics arrived while the employee was unconscious. However, upon examination they found that he was able to breathe and had a pulse. He was immediately transported by medics to a local hospital for further treatment. He survived, and fully recovered. The employee was able to go home to his family one week later.
On Feb. 19, 2022, both employees were awarded the Santa Monica Fire Department's Citizens Award with sincere gratitude and appreciation for their heroic actions and unwavering decision to help someone in need.