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Two Credited for Saving a Life in Dana Point

A 59-year-old man's heart had stopped beating completely while working out. A physical therapist next door grabbed a defibrillator and shocked the man's heart. He and a trainer then started CPR.

Photo courtesy of the Orange County Fire Authority.
Photo courtesy of the Orange County Fire Authority.

A trainer and a physical therapist were being credited with helping to safe a man's life at a fitness center in Dana Point today.

A 59-year-old man collapsed about 4:30 p.m. at Kardia Life Fitness Center, 24582 Del Prado, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi said.

Quick-thinking personal trainer Christy Grebel checked his pulse and realized he was not breathing so she directed someone to call 911, Concialdi said.

Derek Dunn, a physical therapist next door, who had just graduated from paramedic school, grabbed an automatic external defibrillator and used it to shock the man's heart, Concialdi said.

"He was in full arrest, meaning he was dead," Concialdi said. "His heart had stopped and he was not breathing,"

Grebel and Dunn tried to revive the man with the defibrillator and CPR until paramedics arrived within four minutes, Concialdi said.

"Our firefighter paramedics arrived, shocked him one time, intubated him and started an IV and he started coming to," Concialdi said.

"By the time he got to the hospital he was talking to our firefighter-paramedics... This gentleman probably would have died and not come back to life if not for the two bystanders who started CPR right away and used the defibrillator to shock him twice."

--City News Service


Bread Angel May 14, 2014 at 04:10 PM
It is nice to see the results of education on how to do CPR and use an AED. I just don't see why it is necessary for some of the commenters to post their religious beliefs in relation to this article. My God is not interested in your babble and SHE is never wrong.
Shirley Dicktor May 14, 2014 at 04:21 PM
Agree Bread, we don't need a sermon...the young men were life savers & we're grateful for that. I don't think the article asked for anyone to minister anything...
Mark May 15, 2014 at 03:45 AM
Yes the young men and lady were heroes and we are grateful for that, but someone almost died here, can you tell me a better time to know about how you will spend eternity? You might not, but I truly care where they, and you, will spend it. Now I don't know the heart of the two heroes, or the man that almost died, or for that matter, the lady who said that "they just earned a ticket to Heaven, God bless." Had he died, I am sure no one would have a problem with someone telling his family what a good person he was and that he surely is now in heaven....yada yada yada. Unfortunately that may not be the case, but no one would dare say that. I choose to say it while it can still make a difference. 150,000 people die everyday, most of them making plans for next week. As a follower of Jesus Christ, he has commanded me to spread the "Good News" but, He also warned, "Remember, they will hate you because they hated me first." Trust me, I can take a few hits from you, I am sure I will get a few more in my lifetime. God just gave this man a strong tap on the shoulder. If he or anyone else reads these posts they may have never heard the true Gospel message and that would be a shame. As you portrayed by your responses, it is not a comfortable message for some to hear, and total foolishness for the unbeliever, but I still have to say it. You can choose not to read it. You may not believe there is eternal life, Heaven and Hell, but that doesn't mean it is not the truth. Sorry, you didn't care for my comments. I wouldn't have spent my precious time typing them if I didn't really care in my heart! Peace!
Bread Angel May 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Mark, Let it go. Many of us have our own inner God and we do not need you worrying about us. At least, I don't. Your religious beliefs about the afterlife come from Dante and, unless you didn't know it--it was fiction and by its title a comedy. Please don't care about me. I am happy and, as Christ said, "living my life on earth to its fullest.
Mark May 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM
Well, actually my beliefs don't come from the "Divine Comedy", and I am sure you are quite comfortable with the God you made up to suit your needs, most people are, and can live quite happily living by their own rules. But, my comments aren't just for you. As you request, I won't worry about you, but I will add you in my prayers. That can't hurt right, since my God is just made up from a 13th century Italian Poet. Peace!

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