Patient Thanks EMS Responders

Monte, and Muriel Moore are surrounded by those Hall Ambulance Service personnel and Kern County Firefighters, who provided medical aid after his choking and subsequent cardiac arrest.

Monte, and Muriel Moore are surrounded by those Hall Ambulance Service personnel and Kern County Firefighters, who provided medical aid after his choking and subsequent cardiac arrest.

Frazier Park resident Monte Moore was able to celebrate his seventy-first birthday thanks to the help of bystanders who engaged Kern County’s EMS system, and the expedient response of Hall Ambulance ground and air emergency medical responders, and public safety personnel.  The Moore’s were reunited with the EMS responders who came to Monte’s aid on August 12, 2013 at Hall Ambulance Post 57 in Frazier Park.

 Just two months prior, Monte and Muriel Moore decided to try out a new sandwich shop.  They had enjoyed the first half of their pastrami sandwiches, when Muriel suggested they take the other half home.  Her husband agreed, so she wrapped them up and took them to the car.  When she returned a few moments later, she found Monte was choking. 

Her own efforts to assist her husband proved ineffective.  A patron ran next door to Hall Ambulance Post 57, and let the on-duty crew know that a man was choking.  Hall Ambulance EMT Matthew Millwee quickly responded, and immediately performed the Heimlich maneuver.  Paramedic Rafael Prieto arrived less than a minute later; however, Moore had already become pulseless, and unresponsive—he had gone into cardiac arrest.  The paramedic promptly initiated advanced life support protocols, and CPR. 

Matthew Millwee, EMT, receives thanks from Monte Moore, and his wife Muriel, for coming to his aid following a choking incident.

Matthew Millwee, EMT, receives thanks from Monte Moore, and his wife Muriel, for coming to his aid following a choking incident.

Because of Moore’s medical condition, Hall Air Ambulance was requested to launch to provide time savings aeromedical transport.  Shortly thereafter, Kern County Firefighters arrived on-scene, assisting the Hall Ambulance crew as they continued providing medical aid while preparing to transport the patient to the helicopter landing zone at KCFD Station 56.  Upon arrival, patient care was transferred to Hall Air’s flight crew consisting of Paramedic Shawn Perryman and Heidi Carrington, RN.  Hall Air flew Moore to San Joaquin Community Hospital where he made a good recovery.

The Moore’s are grateful for everyone who came to the aid of Monte, and they can now look forward to celebrating 51 years of marriage, this September. 

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