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Community Hero to be Honored - Heimlich Maneuver Saves toddler

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SANTA BARBARA, CA – Please join representatives from the American Red Cross and the Santa Barbara City Fire Department as they honor a community hero for his life saving actions. Rick Robledo will be awarded a Red Cross Certificate of Merit at 3:30pm on Tuesday,

May 11th. The brief ceremony to acknowledge Rick will be held at Santa Barbara City Fire Station #3, located at 415 E. Sola St.  The toddler, whose life was saved, will be in attendance along with his family.

On April 11, 2010, Rick Robledo was visiting the home of friends when 20 month old Jared Herrara began to choke. Rick was in another room at the time and heard the commotion in the living room. The toddler was unresponsive and resting in his grandmother’s arms when Rick entered the living room. Rick stated that Jared’s eyes and mouth were wide open when he took the boy from his grandmother.  Jared’s skin color was turning purple and there was no attempt by the boy to breathe. While the grandmother called 911, Rick immediately began a series of Heimlich maneuvers on the young boy. Upon the 3rd attempt, a nickel popped loose and landed about a foot from the boy.  Jared began to breathe on his own and was acting as if nothing had happened when emergency crews from Santa Barbara City Fire and AMR arrived approximately 3 minutes later. 

   Fortunately for Jared and his family, Rick had completed a CPR course through the American Red Cross, which included training related to choking emergencies. For 100 years, the American Red Cross has been teaching people how to prevent and respond to first aid emergencies -- giving them the skills and confidence to respond and provide care no matter what the circumstances. Please visit their website and consider enrolling in one of the many excellent courses. These life saving skills are easy to learn with courses requiring only a 4 to 8 hour time commitment. 

   The Santa Barbara City Fire Department congratulates Rick Robledo for his life saving efforts and celebrates the young life saved as a result.

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