A Benicia homeowner will be honored Monday for his life-saving efforts to provide CPR and first aid for a Newark resident who suffered a heart attack during a garage sale, according to fire officials. Benicia firefighters responded to a call for help at 464 East H St. around 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, according to Acting Fire Chief K.C. Smith.
When they arrived, they found Richard DeGraffenreid performing CPR on Newark resident Albert Carillo, 75. DeGraffenreid was holding a garage sale at the time of the incident, and was in the process of helping Carillo to his car when the heart attack occurred. Carrillo was taken to Sutter Solano Medical Center and ultimately received a cardiac catheterization, Smith said.
He survived and has made a full recovery, and fire officials say DeGraffenreid’s efforts made a critical difference. DeGraffenreid will be recognized by the fire department during a presentation Monday at the Benicia Fire Department, Station 11, at 150 Military West at 10:30 a.m.
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