Mesa heroes Billie Pritcherd, Ashlie Bushyeager and Robert Gonzales were recently honored by the Mesa Fire and Medical Department for saving the life of fellow resident Stanley Hill.
Pritcherd said he remembers that day well.
“We were just into our first softball game, about the top of the fourth or bottom of the third inning. I was on a different field at the time. As we were getting ready to change from the infield to the outfield, in the dugout behind us there was screaming and a lot of commotion,” he said. “My team and a lot of people first thought there was someone fighting in the dugout. With the screaming a lot of people thought there was a fight or someone getting upset. A teammate of Stan’s yelled out, ‘I need help over here, anyone in medical help, help!’”
Pritcherd said he and Bushyeager rushed over to see what they could do or see what the problem was.
“When we were walking to the other dugout we saw Stanley Hill being held up by his teammate,” Pritcherd continued. “Ashley and I both were asking questions to teammates to see if he collapsed or just passed out, trying to see what was going on. When I tried to stimulate Stan, he was not responding to pain or questions. I told the teammate holding Stan to lower him on the ground and so he did. I felt for a pulse and no pulse was noted, carotid and femoral. Ashley and I began CPR and she started compressions.
During first round of compressions, Hill was gaining consciousness and began to move and awaken or gain return of spontaneous circulation. Once Pritcherd and Bushyeager saw him open his eyes and move, they stopped compressions for a few seconds. Then, Hill became unconscious and they began CPR again.
“I told Ashley, ‘Let’s not stop CPR until EMS/fire arrives,” Pritcherd said. “I then asked bystanders if there was an AED (Automated External Defibrillators) on site. Someone said, ‘I believe we have one of those shocker things here.’ They went to get it. Another gentleman came up and said he was a student or an EMT and he offered to help. We continued CPR. An AED was then brought to us and I turned it on and placed the pads on his bare chest. The AED analyzed and said shock was being delivered. Once shock went off, CPR was then restarted and after the first shock EMS/fire arrived on site and took over patient care.
“I would say Stan was down no more than 45 seconds before we started our compressions in the beginning,” Pritcherd said. “We did at least six to eight minutes of total time of CPR before EMS/fire took over.”
The three heroes were honored by Mesa Fire and Medical Department Chief Mary Cameli, Vice Mayor David Luna and former councilmember Dr. Scott Somers last week.
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at email@example.com.