Stacey Beltran was at the home of Doug and Joanne Briggs for their traditional family Christmas Eve gathering of hors d’oeuvres and a bingo game.
As Beltran recalls, her Uncle Doug had just asked who had made the meatballs when he crashed to the floor.
Beltran’s sister dialed 911 but asked Beltran to talk to the dispatcher.
Beltran said she followed the directions of the dispatcher and remembered what she learned at the Dec. 18 CPR training that took place at Hamilton Elementary School, where she is a kindergarten teacher.
The class was led by Sandy Wargo of the Novato Fire District.
She provided CPR for about 5 minutes until paramedics arrived to take Briggs to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Terra Linda.
Briggs said he was told he received three electric jolts from the paramedics’ defibrillator and three more in the ambulance.
He underwent surgery to install a pacemaker/defibrillator and is recovering well, he said.
“I’m so proud of her,” he said.
Wargo has heard the 911 recording and “she comes right out and says she took CPR from Sandy Wargo,” Wargo said with a laugh. “You could hear her in the background counting out loud as she’s doing the compressions.