Penn Valley firefighters honored
June 9, 2017
"Death does not shut me up," Penn Valley's Kathy Ferreira-Lundy said following a ceremony held in her honor.
Ferreira-Lundy, a 15-year volunteer for the Penn Valley Fire Department's Auxiliary Thrift Store, never thought that one day she'd be saved by the people with whom she serves.
But that's exactly what happened one day earlier this year, when Ferreira-Lundy suffered full cardiac arrest after calling 911.
"I just felt funny," Ferreira-Lundy said. "I said, OK, I'll call because you never know what the symptoms mean. That was the last thing I remember."
On the other end of that 911 call was Cal Fire communications operator Nancy Picker.
"We never know what's going to be on the other side of the phone," Picker said, who stayed on the phone with Ferreira-Lundy while emergency first responders from the Penn Valley Fire Department made their way to her. Then the phone went silent and Picker knew that things went from bad to worse.
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"The phone went dead, she was dead for at least 10 minutes," Picker said.
When the Penn Valley firefighter paramedics and EMTs arrived, they found Ferreira-Lundy under full cardiac arrest.
"We went there for a shortness of breath complaint," Penn Valley Firefighter Paramedic Aaron Maddox said.
Maddox and the three other first responders performed 20 minutes of CPR on Ferreira-Lundy before finally getting a pulse. When Ferreira-Lundy regained consciousness, she was in the back of the ambulance en route to the hospital.
"Our guys are the best," Ferreira-Lundy said.
"It's been a very humbling experience for me," said Maddox, who is relatively new to the fire department. "I'm very proud to serve the citizens of Penn Valley."
"A lot of times we don't know the outcomes," Picker said.
Picker, along with Penn Valley Firefighter Paramedics and EMT's Maddox, Robert Radican, Paulo Perez, Captain Josh Miller, and former Lieutenant Tim Kadrie, were all honored alongside Ferreira-Lundy at the Penn Valley Fire Department on Tuesday.
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