Group who saved man's life at SLO courthouse is honored

A quintet of public employees who worked together to save the life of a man who suffered a heart attack at the San Luis Obispo County courthouse last year received honors Tuesday from the Board of Supervisors and the Sheriff's Office.

Calling the rescue “a true sign of teamwork,” Sheriff Ian Parkinson joined supervisors in praising Deputies Bryan Love and Mark Souza, Atascadero police Sgt. Joe Allen, screening supervisor Anthony Tedesco, and District Attorney victim/witness coordinator Cindy Marie Absey.

The five saved the life of Edward Wilson after he collapsed while passing through the screening station at the Palm Street entrance to the courthouse.

According to a report to the board from Parkinson, Tedesco notified Souza, Love and Allen. They summoned an ambulance and, when they realized Wilson did not have a pulse, administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

As this was going on, Absey handed an automated external defibrillator to Love. The AED was used to shock Wilson three times during CPR, and “pulse and respiration were briefly regained,” according to Parkinson.

San Luis Obispo city fire personnel took over from there, and San Luis Ambulance took Wilson to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he was treated.

In addition to a resolution from supervisors commending them, the five received a “life-saving certificate” from Parkinson.