Well-trained SRPD corporal, good Samaritans save man from sudden cardiac arrest

Using company training, two co-workers keep stranger alive until officer and medical responders arrive

Like any job, San Ramon Police Department officers face work days that are full of routine and can be overall unremarkable. Unlike most jobs though, when that routine gets broken it can often be for a life or death situation.

The latter is the kind of day SRPD Cpl. Mike Schneider had on Tuesday morning, when he responded to a medical emergency to help save a 70-year-old-man who was in cardiac arrest, while receiving some help from a couple of well-trained good Samaritans.

“We get our training and it's always great to utilize that training. And it's even better when it is successful, because sometimes we get there, give first aid and it doesn't work out,” Schneider told “And to have citizens that are trained and ready to (step in) ... it’s so much easier.”

According to a statement released on the SRPD Facebook page, Schneider arrived on the scene to find Bryan Waters, an arborist for Bartlett Tree Experts, on the phone with dispatchers from San Ramon Valley 911 Communications. Also on the scene was Waters' co-worker, Alberto Ramon-Garcia, who was giving the patient CPR.

Schneider took over and used an automated external defibrillator -- more commonly known as simply an AED -- to provide a life-saving jolt to the in-distress man. After doing so, San Ramon Valley Fire arrived to the scene and transported the man to a local hospital for additional care, saving his life.

“Thanks to all (Bartlett Tree Experts, San Ramon Valley 911 Communications, San Ramon Police, and San Ramon Valley Fire) for an outstanding team effort in saving a life,” SRPD officials wrote on Facebook.

Schneider himself credits Ramon-Garcia and Waters as being vital in saving the man’s life, explaining that both men received CPR training from their company.

“Their company actually gives them yearly first aid and CPR training, which is wonderful. I wish more companies would do that,” Schneider said. “It helps them in a risk management standpoint because it helps them protect their employees on the job, and also helps the community as a whole.”

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3 people like this
Posted by Skooter
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2019 at 10:29 am

WOW!!! You all are amazing, and what a wonderful company to work for!!! I will keep Bartlett on my radar for my next tree trimming adventure.

You are great guys!!!

5 people like this
Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 12, 2019 at 11:19 am

Nicely done gentlemen!

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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Danville
on Apr 18, 2019 at 11:39 am

What a great story! Kudos to all involved!

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