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County recognizes life-saving motorists

Dr. Daniel Lapidus and health aide Marizela Campos receieve an award from the Board of Supervisors for saving a man's life on the Cuesta Grade.
Photo by Joe Johnston 11-09-09
Dr. Daniel Lapidus and health aide Marizela Campos receieve an award from the Board of Supervisors for saving a man's life on the Cuesta Grade. Photo by Joe Johnston 11-09-09 Tribune

A physical therapy aide and a dentist who helped save a life during an accident on the Cuesta Grade two months ago were honored Tuesday by the county and used the occasion to urge others to learn CPR.

Marisela Campos, who works for the county, and Dr. Daniel Lapidus encountered stopped traffic on the Grade Sept. 19. In the mess was a car carrying George Allison and his relatives.

Allison, visiting from Carson City, had choked on food, suffered cardiac arrest and fallen unconscious.

Campos and Lapidus worked on Allison for 10 minutes, Campos performing chest compressions and Lapidus performing rescue breaths. They kept him stable until paramedics took over and a helicopter arrived to take Allison to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Campos said when she first came upon the accident, “I didn’t think about it.”

She simply parked her car and went to save a life, she said.

Lapidus noted that the first few minutes are vital in applying CPR.

The Board of Supervisors honored the pair with a resolution.

Tami Douglas-Schatz, the county’s human resources director, noted that the county has an ongoing training program in CPR for its employees and encouraged those who have not taken it to sign up.

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