On Friday August 21, 2009, PLEA presented PLEA Partner Awards to two individuals along with LA Fitness for their cooperative efforts in saving the life of Jim Galus, a former police reserve officer.
Recently, Jim was working out at an LA Fitness facility at the US 60 and Signal Butte Rd. in east Mesa when he suffered a heart attack. Retired fire fighter Max Hiatt along with ER trauma nurse Brenda Fratus who were also at the gym immediately began providing emergency first aid and were also able to use a portable AED device provided by the LA fitness facility to keep Jim alive until the paramedics of Mesa Fire Department E-217 arrived.
Jim ‘coded’ 3 times enroute to Mountain Vista Hospital. Emergency room personnel credited a myriad of variables and actions for Jim’s life being saved. They cited the quick actions of Max Hiatt and Brenda Fratus for providing essential emergency first aid, they cited the fact that the LA Fitness facility had the foresight to have a portable electronic defibrillator on scene and they further credited the professionalism and lifesaving actions of Mesa Fire Department paramedics.
PLEA is proud to be a part of honoring these everyday people who stepped up to the plate without hesitation, and whose actions were critical in saving the life of a citizen in need.
Guests in attendance that honored the PLEA Partner recipients were Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Phoenix Councilperson Thelda Williams, Phoenix Councilperson Mike Johnson, Senator Russell Pearce, Mesa Fire Chief Mike Dunn, Require the Prior President Ann Malone, and Barry Paceley.
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