Venice Police Service Aides provide medical assist
On Monday, Jan. 29 shortly before 4 p.m., Venice Police Service Aides Willie Acosta and Jose Luna were on parking enforcement patrol. As they entered Lake Venice Golf Club at 1801 S. Harbor Drive, the PSAs observed a man standing between two parked cars who suddenly collapsed, striking his head on the pavement. With their extensive first responder history, both PSAs recognized that the man was experiencing sudden cardiac arrest.
Acosta, who worked medical rescues for 28 years in New York City, and Luna, a 28-year veteran of the Bridgeport, Conn. police force, responded to the man and initial evaluation found no vital signs. The PSAs immediately started first aid and CPR. Soon after, Acosta and Luna deployed their automated external defibrillator (AED) which administered a shock. Between the lifesaving efforts, PSA Luna was able to radio out a need for assistance call.
With the AED shock and CPR first aid, the PSAs were able to successfully bring the man back to life with their efforts.
The male left the scene alert and talking to paramedics as he was transported to Venice Regional Bayfront Health for further evaluation.
“It’s part of my job,” Luna told ABC-7 reporter Christopher Brantley following the incident. “It’s a good feeling to help others.”
“It’s always good to give another person another day,” Acosta added.