GWC Staff Members Recognized for Saving Student’s Life

Huntington Beach City Council Recognizes GWC Staff Members for Saving Student’s Life

At the Huntington Beach City Council Meeting on March 20, Fire Chief David Segura, and Fire Captain Kevin Wyman presented commendations to Pat Frohn, GWC Athletic Trainer; Hank Cochrane, GWC Assistant Track Coach; and Tori Mulitauaopele, CSULB Athletic Training Student, for taking swift and decisive action to save the life of ASGWC President and track team member Javier Venegas.

Kevin Wyman read a letter that he wrote to his boss about their response to a possible cardiac arrest call to Golden West College. “Upon our arrival, we found a track and field team member lying unconscious on the track. He had gone into cardiac arrest during a team workout. According to bystanders, Hank Cochrane and Tori Mulitauaopele immediately performed CPR and Pat Frohn responded with an Automated External Defibrillator. After two shocks with the AED, they were able to restart his heart. In my 20 years as a paramedic, I have never witnessed a citizen response that was so efficient and effective. I believe their quick response and early defibrillation saved Javier’s life.”

Javier was on hand to thank the coaches, trainers, and paramedics who saved his life. We are very happy to report that he is back in class, continuing to serve as the ASGWC President, and enjoying college life with friends.