Wenatchee police officer uses CPR to save man’s life

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A Wenatchee Police officer is being recognized for his life saving efforts by applying CPR after finding an unconscious man laying in the street Tuesday night.  Captain Edgar Reinfeld says in a news release that a 911 caller reported a man down in the area of Cashmere Street. Rivercom Dispatchers put the call out to Chelan County Fire District #1 and Lifeline Ambulance, but also notified Wenatchee Police of the aid call. Officer Albert Gonzalez was several blocks away, but immediately started searching the area for the patient.

Within one minute of tones going out for Fire and Aid, Officer Gonzalez spotted the patient from several hundred feet away. When Officer Gonzalez reached him, he found a 25 year old Wenatchee resident down in the street with an unknown medical problem. Another male was attempting to perform CPR. Officer Gonzalez assessed the patient and found he was not breathing. He started CPR and continued for roughly three minutes until Fire and Aid units arrived and took over care of the patient.

The patient was transported from the scene to receive further treatment at Central Washington Hospital. Reinfeld says the incident shows the effectiveness of compressions only CPR and how, with proper training and lack of any significant equipment, a person can save another person’s life. In the patrol car video you can clearly see good compressions being delivered and checks on the patient’s status.

Captain Reinfeld says Officer Gonzalez quickly recognized a medical emergency and took action. The Paramedic Supervisor on scene noted the patient would have likely suffered severe brain damage or death without this intervention. Albert has been nominated for a department lifesaving award.

Officer Gonzalez has been a Police Officer for three years with thirteen months at Wenatchee Police Department. He was recognized as the Top DUI Officer and Top Proactive Traffic Enforcement Officer for the department for 2016 at last week’s Night of 1000 Stars event.

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Steve Hair
Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.