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Northwest Fire crew performs CPR on woman for more than an hour, saves her life

Posted: 3:54 PM, Jan 13, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-13 20:25:42-05
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MARANA, Ariz. — A Marana woman is getting a second chance at life thanks to a Northwest Fire crew.

On Dec. 17, Amanda Burgos was in the waiting room at an urgent care clinic when she went into cardiac arrest.

An employee there started CPR on the 62-year-old woman before Northwest Fire arrived.

Burgos says she remembers her name being called several times by paramedics, but that's it.

A whole team from Northwest Fire Stations 34 and 39 performed CPR on Burgos for more than an hour.

Paramedic Matt Storms, Captain Eddie Croy, Paramedic Don Patch, Firefighter Brandon Marchello, Firefighter Chris Underwood and Battalion Chief Dave Resnick were able to meet Burgos in person on Monday. They told KGUN9 it's not very often they get to be part of this kind of a success story.

"It's hard to put words to this kind of event," Storms said.

Burgos wanted to thank the crew in person for their life-saving efforts. She's been doing physical therapy at Encompass Health Rehabilitation on the northwest side, and will soon be returning home to stay with family.

"I feel so thankful for this opportunity of life," Burgos told Northwest Fire.

Northwest Fire also wants to emphasize the importance of learning CPR. They say that increases the chances of survival for a person having a medical emergency. You can find videos and information on CPR classes here.