A middle-aged man walking down Soledad Canyon Road collapsed Friday afternoon as a result of a heart attack. If not for a Santa Clarita Valley resident who called in to the Los Angeles County Fire Station 107, the unidentified man might have not made it.
The citizen called in, noticing the victim laid out on the damp sidewalk in the drizzling rain, and started giving the cardiac arrest victim chest compressions per the Fire Department’s request.
Because the citizen called in right away, Fire Department and law enforcement personnel were able to arrive at the scene at Soledad Canyon Road and Crossglade Avenue in less than four minutes. The quick call-and-response time likely saved the victim’s life, Fire Depatment officials said.
Paramedics surrounded the victim lying on the sidewalk still in cardiac arrest. They proceeded to use a defibrillator, shocking the victim multiple times, then opened his airway with a breathing tube. After another around of CPR, the victim showed signs of blood pressure, a pulse and was able to breathe on his own, Fire Department officials said.
The scene caused heavy traffic delays eastbound on Soledad Canyon Road as over five local law enforcement vehicles blocked lanes.
The victim was transferred to Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills.