Furniture movers help save ailing woman – Times-Herald
It was a heckuva way to end a bridge game.
While Damian Gottschall and Carlos Macias were moving new furniture to the leisure town of Brookdale Vacaville on Monday, a biweekly meeting of four older women ended abruptly when one suffered from heart attack symptoms.
Gottschall, 21, is a paramedic and volunteer firefighter in Suisun. He immediately jumped into action and did what he could to make the struggling woman comfortable while 911 was called.
The woman, who asked for anonymity, spent two days at NorthBay Medical Center in Fairfield and is recovering from bleeding ulcers, according to her friend and neighbor from Brookdale, Carolyn Gable.
It is unclear whether the victim had a heart attack. No matter. It hurt.
“We were playing bridge and she got up from her chair and I said, ‘You’d better stop playing,'” Gable told the victim, who looked pale.
The sick woman went down the hall and collapsed, said Gable.
“She sweated profusely, vomited, and collapsed,” said Gable.
“At that moment these two cute young men walked in with furniture, dropped what they were doing, took over and helped her,” Gable continued. “You saw that they were being taken care of. It was wonderful.”
The two rescuers who worked at Two Men and A Truck were later lauded by franchisee Jafaar Mirlohi.
“I am very happy and excited, but not surprised,” said Mirlohi over the phone. “These are the guys we have on our team.”
Covering the Solano, Napa and Contra Costa counties with 26 employees, Mirlohi said there had never been a life-saving emergency in his 18 months of running a business.
“It’s something I’m absolutely proud of,” Mirlohi said of Gottschall and Macias.
Mirlohi said he might never have heard of the incident if Gable hadn’t left him voicemail.
“That’s the cool thing about it. They (Gottschall and Macias) went about their business, ”said Mirlohi after helping the victim.
Fortunately, he remarked, “They knew what they were doing.”
Although basic first aid kits are available in every truck, there aren’t any CPR requirements that could change, Mirlohi said, realizing after Monday, “It’s obviously necessary.”
Mirlohi said he definitely doesn’t want his staff to try something they aren’t trained to do.
“I want you to focus and stay within your limits,” he said.
Gottschall said humbly: “We helped as best we could. She was vomiting and ducking. Carlos and I held her so she wouldn’t fall forward. I didn’t want her to pass out. “
The two movers stayed calm, said Gable.
“You can’t really help anyone if you panic,” said Gottschall. “When someone you want to help sees you panic, things get worse. And if you don’t know what to do, make sure you find someone to do it. ”
Gottschall praised his partner for his composure.
“He was really calm and holding it together,” said Gottschall, a Vacaville High School graduate.
“I knew Damian was an EMT. I didn’t want to look nervous in front of him, ”said 23-year-old Macias. “When I knew she was fine, I felt a lot better. You are doing what you can to help. ”
Gottschall worked barely a month for two men and a truck and said the worst injury at work was “someone hit their hand on the furniture. This was definitely a first real emergency.
Gottschall told his girlfriend about his working day when he returned to her home in Vacaville.
“She just wanted to make sure I was fine and she was proud of me for strengthening,” he said.