It was just a normal Tuesday on June 8 for Buzzetta. He was at the front desk of Gold’s Gym, watching customers come in, before he was pulled away to a man sitting lifeless on a leg-lifting machine.
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Ray sat there slumped and was unresponsive.
At 9:30 a.m., the shocking developments put Buzzetta quickly into saving mode, he said.
Quickly checking Ray’s pulse and not finding one, Buzzetta realized he needed to do CPR. With help from friends Joe Perry and Jason Broyer, Buzzetta grabbed the gym’s defibrillator and called 911.
“Everything was just very fast,” he said. “I was in shock like everyone else.”
After giving Ray two sets of CPR, the three rescuers hooked up the defibrillator.
“People stepped up and there was no hesitation,” Buzzetta said. “We just jumped right in.”
And after one shock, Roy gasped for air, Buzzetta said. After finding a faint pulse, paramedics arrived on scene.
Ray was rushed to Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital where he was stabilized. From there, he was transferred to Stanford Hospital on Wednesday.
“They told us we saved his life,” Buzzetta said. “I was trained and I put it to use.”
“If it wasn’t for them, he wouldn’t have lived through this,” Hoff said. “I can’t express how thankful I am.”
“People have come in almost everyday to thank us and tell us we are heroes,” Buzzetta said. “I don’t know what to say to that.”
Buzzetta doesn’t see himself as a hero, just someone doing what he is supposed to do.
“We are not heroes – we were just at the right place at the right time.” He said. “We are just blessed.”