Lieutenant Butch Arnoldi, Commander of the Carpinteria substation, issued a statement clarifying the facts surrounding a medical incident that occurred Sunday, Aug. 30, at 1:27 p.m. at 400 Palm Avenue. “The bottom line is that the patient is alive today as a result of the collaborative effort and action by several people,” Lieutenant Arnoldi stated.
A man suffered a heart attack, and Arnoldi noted that if the incident had occurred “100 feet in either direction the lifesaving equipment would not have been accessible in a timely manner.”
Two off-duty nurses, Laura Morales and Beth Couba, and a flight nurse, Melissa Reiman, took control of the incident from the onset. State Beach lifeguard Tess Edwards as well as a City of Carpinteria lifeguard arrived on scene immediately. Additionally, Mounted Beach Patrol deputies, Senior Deputy Patrick Hayes and Deputy Chris Morales had just arrived and were unloading their horses near the incident location. Both Patrol Sergeant Dan Calderon and Deputy Jason Wreede were monitoring the radio and scanner traffic and responded to the area Code Three running with the Automated External Defibrillator where it was deployed to save the man’s life.
“Finally,” Arnoldi stated, “Carpinteria Fire Department and American Medical Response personnel arriving and stabilizing (the man) so he could be transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for advanced care,” was another significant factor in the successful operation. “We all can be very proud that each and every one of these facts ‘lined up,’” Arnoldi concluded, “and together as a community and collaboration of first responders, a life was saved.”