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Deputies hailed for medical assistance – Silvercity Daily Press

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(Press staff photo: Joe Lutz)
Deputy Aaron Ordonez was recently honored by the Grant County Sheriff’s Department for responding to an emergency medical call that resulted in him driving an ambulance. was not possible.

Sheriff’s Deputies Trevor Jensen and Aaron Ordoñez received commendation at last week’s Grant County Board meeting for going above and beyond their call of duty on a particularly difficult mission.
The call included an unusual amount of medical assistance, including driving an ambulance by Ordonez. This is something he has done only once in his eight-year career in the division. But providing medical assistance is not a significant part of law enforcement’s mandate, and officials say initiatives are being taken within the department to reflect this need.
Police reported that at approximately 12:15 pm on November 3, a 911 caller in Arenas Valley reported finding an unanswered man on her property. She had just sold her own house and was telling a 44-year-old man that if he could take some steel off his property, he could have it, she later said. and spoke to Ordonez.
The woman reportedly went to a barn on the property to retrieve a bucket, and when she returned, she found the man hanging from the door jamb of his truck, and she said he thought he might be having a seizure. He fell to the ground and she attempted CPR before and during her 911 call.
EMT arrived first, followed by Ordoñez and immediately asked Jensen for backup.
“We needed another agency to help with cardiopulmonary resuscitation,” Ordonez said. “At the time, me and an elderly gentleman were the only people performing CPR while paramedics were trying to intubate me.”
Ordoñez explained that the older gentleman was an experienced paramedic, but that CPR is very physically demanding for even the most qualified responders. Mr. Ordonez, Mr. Jensen and the corresponding medical personnel took turns and he took two positions. One performed chest compressions and the other sucked fluid from the man’s mouth while pushing air sacks into his lungs.
Other interventions included Narcan and epinephrine, which are used to treat opioid overdose and allergic reactions, respectively. The patient did not respond to either.
After speaking with a doctor at Gila Regional Medical Center, the team was told to take the man to hospital.
Knowing that it would take everyone’s strength to continue CPR, Ordonez jumped into the driver’s seat of the ambulance and Jensen followed in his patrol car.
Ordoñez knew what to do this time, he said. Because he found himself in a similar situation years ago when he wasn’t in his unit at all.
“Then the paramedics in the back told me to slow down the turn,” Ordonez recalled. “Ambulances are not like old cars. They have big boxes in the back with people in them.”
With this hard-earned wisdom and years of experience, Ordonez said his focus was on the road while considering his cargo.
“In the daytime, it’s hard to see emergency lights,” he explained. “Many people have their radios on and are not paying attention to their rearview mirrors, even though their lights and sirens are on.”
Ordoñez parked in the Gila Regional Medical Center emergency room and quickly returned to help a cohort on duty for CPR. He was escorted on a stretcher into the ER, where nurses and doctors took over.
Physically exhausted and out of breath after more than 45 minutes of CPR, Ordonez said he was back at work quickly. Jensen was there to take him back to his Valley car in Arenas.
Although it doesn’t happen often, Sheriff Frank Gomez said it’s not unheard of for law enforcement to drive an ambulance. , the driver (usually also a paramedic) must assist the patient.
“In this county, most emergencies are EMS,” Gomez said. “But what if [a case] Seriously… Dispatch makes decisions based on protocol about whether or not to summon an officer. “
Ordoñez said all law enforcement officers in New Mexico should have basic CPR training. He estimates that about 35-40% of the calls he handles require some form of medical attention. CPR is required in most cases.
“It’s so that we can free our hands,” he said. “Everyone on the ground will help where it is needed.”
Lieutenants are also trained to perform other basic treatments such as bandages and tourniquets.
“I bought a trauma bag four or five months ago,” says Gomez. Gila Regional “Training was conducted by EMS Director Eloy Medina.”
Ordoñez said the department is also looking to offer basic EMT training. He said he would be interested, but with more training he could help in more situations, but it didn’t affect the Nov. 3 conference call. .
As for the award, Ordonez said it was the first in eight years.
“It’s kind of nice to be recognized,” he said. “But in this kind of work, you do a lot of good things, but you don’t always get recognition.”
And when he first received a call to attend a county commission meeting the day before to accept the award, Ordonez said he had no guesses as to what it was for. rice field.
To contact Jo Lutz: [email protected]

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