As we were celebrating Father’s Day, we realized that we needed to share with your readers how wonderful the people of San Luis Obispo are, especially the firefighters.
On Sept. 26, 2011, our son fell 20 feet off the bridge downtown and broke his back. Having no way out of the ravine, he started to make his way downriver, under the city. He was stranded in the dark tunnel, in chest-deep water for hours, screaming to fight off hypothermia.
A good Samaritan heard him through the floorboards of a building and called 911. Your firefighters searched in the cold river water until they found Nick. They brilliantly backboarded him with two boards to protect his protruding spine and transported him to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
He had a body temperature of 82 degrees. He would not have survived in the river much longer without the wonderful person who acted on his calls for help and the prompt response of the San Luis Obispo Fire Department. The hospital staff and the skill of his surgeon and operating room team provided Nick with wonderful care and rebuilt his two broken vertebrae.
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After only five months, he was back to snowboarding, biking and hiking. We will always be grateful for the tender care our son received in your city and the heroic rescue made by your fire department.
Thank you San Luis Obispo for a very blessed Father’s (and Mother’s) Day.