Yuma Man Saves Co-Worker's Life
Alex Molina thought that his co-worker at the Yuma Proving Grounds had pulled over to the side of the road for a quick nap on his way home from work, when he saw him slumped behind the wheel of his car, so he pulled over, intending to jokingly scare him. Instead, Molina ended up saving his friend's life.
When Molina realized that his colleague wasn't moving or breathing, he understood that the situation was serious. "I screamed out his name, and I moved him, and there was no response and he was real stiff," Molina told KYMA, the local NBC affiliate.
That's when the CPR training that Molina thought he would never have to use came in handy. First he called 911 and requested assistance. He tried to get his friend out of the steaming hot car, but he was too stiff too move so Molina turned on the car to get the air conditioning going.
Since he could not remove his friend from the front seat, Molina adjusted the seat so it would recline as much as possible, and began applying CPR. "I need to do what I need to do to the best of my ability to at least try to save his life," Molina recalled thinking.
And sure enough, Molina was able to save his co-worker's life, keeping oxygen in his system until paramedics arrived to take over. Molina humbly believes that he just did what anyone else would do under the circumstances, but he notes that it helps to be prepared.
His CPR training enabled him to save a man's life. Molina now encourages everyone to take a class, because you just never know when it will come in handy.
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