The Santa Monica Fire Department has honored four residents for their actions in responding to emergency medical situations.
Efforts by two of the honorees were crucial in helping to save the life of a runner in a Santa Monica race, fire officials say.
When Santa Monica firefighters responded to a call of a runner down in a 10K event Oct. 7, they found citizens Tom Burbank and Jorgen Person performing CPR on a runner, who was not breathing and without a pulse, fire officials said.
After treatment was given at the scene, the patient regained a pulse and began breathing on his own. The patient regained consciousness and even began talking as paramedics loaded him into an ambulance for transport to a local hospital.
The 44-year-old runner, whose wife was also racing and initially unaware of his condition, made a full recovery, fire officials said.
The Santa Monica Fire Department also recently honored citizens Chelsea Cass and Lauren Lee, who had returned to their car after lunch one day to find a man in full cardiac arrest hunched over his car door. Lee called 911, and with the help of SMFD dispatchers, gave directions to Cass on how Lee should properly position the patient and initiate CPR, fire officials said.
The two women worked as a team until paramedics arrived.
The fire department recgnized the four residents for their efforts during a ceremony late last month at City Hall.

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