Teacher Saves Uncle soon after CPR Training

Posted by cocreator on February 03, 2010
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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.

Stacey Beltran the Saviour & Doug Briggs

Stacey Beltran the Saviour & Doug Briggs

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.

“So this one really touches home with me. When you teach so many people CPR, you never know if they’re going to step up to the plate in an emergency and use those skills.”

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