California truck driver remains hospitalized in New York City
after a massive heart attack on the job. The driver’s boss says
the quick response of the Department of Safety’s Emergency Services
Unit at Hunts Point saved the driver’s life.
David Benson, 56, collapsed beside his employer’s truck early
on the morning of Oct. 1 after delivering to one of the markets
at the enormous cooperative in New York’s Bronx.
were Sgt. Hector Santiago and Officer William Vargas, who said
the trucker appeared lifeless. According to ESU’s Chief Jose Colon,
it looked like Benson “just stepped from his truck and dropped
to the ground dead.”
reported no pulse and immediately began CPR while Sgt. Santiago
called for the DPS emergency unit. Lt. Peter Santana and Officer
Iman Tirado, both EMTs, responded. All four men worked quickly
to try to revive the trucker. When they could not get a pulse,
Colon said they took out the automatic electronic defibrillator
(AED) and delivered two shocks. The second shock produced a pulse
and the med techs administered oxygen.
said the Fire Department arrived and continued treating the trucker,
but he went into cardiac arrest again.
a third shock, he regained a pulse and was taken to Lincoln Memorial
Hospital in critical condition,” said Colon.
is a resident of Yucaipa, CA. He drives for Ed Stratton Trucking,
guys at Hunts Point saved him,” says Stratton. “He had a massive
heart attack. He was dead. They brought him back.”
to Stratton, Benson remained unconscious for four days after the
the good news is he’s stable, but there’s some bad news, too,”
he says. “And that’s when he fell, he broke his back.”
says Benson is still at Lincoln Memorial in the Bronx and soon
will be transferred to New York’s Belleview Hospital. He says
Benson’s wife and stepdaughter are at his side.
says Benson is in his prayers.
been driving for us for three years,” he says, “and I can tell
you, he is one of the best.”
Sandi Soendker, managing editor
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