In the past, Goldcorp, Marigold mine’s Process Department has relied on first responders from Operations should they have an emergency. However, on holidays the Process Department may be the only employees on the site. Because of this, it was decided that everyone in the Process and Lab Departments would go through an 8-hour class covering first aid and CPR. In February, Tammy Harding in the Safety Department instructed these classes. Due to receiving this training, Justo Lopez was able to save his daughter’s life.
Justo’s daughter, Alma Guzman was involved in an automobile accident in Reno, when a car ran through an intersection and into Alma’s car, spinning it around several times. She was taken to a local emergency room, treated and was eventually released to her sister who lives in Reno.
Justo was at work that day and on his way home he received several calls from his wife wanting to know how close he was to home and she finally told him what had happened. When he got home, him and Alma’s husband headed to Reno arriving at the sister’s home.
When Justo arrived, Alma was lying on the couch where she had been resting since they had helped her up the three flights of stairs to the apartment.
Soon after Justo’s arrival, Alma suddenly went into convulsions with blood coming up through her mouth and nose. Because of his recent training, Justo knew exactly what to do. Justo immediately pulled her onto the floor and began giving her CPR while the Paramedics were summoned. Alma was choking on the blood but due to the CPR was able to begin breathing on her own again.
According to the Paramedics, if it hadn’t been for Justo’s swift response, Alma may not have made it.
After being released from the emergency room once again she was transported home and although bruised and lacerated, is now on the road to recovery.