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Deputies Kurowski and Adams with Gino Filippin


Deputies Kurowski and Adams with Gino Filippin

Sheriff's Deputies Use Defibrillator to Help Save Cardiac Arrest Victim


Santa Barbara - August 31st, 2016

A Santa Ynez resident who suffered a cardiac arrest on August 24, 2016 has made a full recovery and is grateful to the first responders who helped save his life. 

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on August 24, 61-year-old Gino Filippin, the father of four boys, came home from exercising and experienced what he said felt like severe heartburn.  He went outside into the backyard to get some fresh air and felt increasingly dizzy and weak.  Filippin suffered a massive heart attack and collapsed. Fortunately, his wife and his oldest son were home at the time.  His son saw him lying on the ground in the backyard.  His wife called 911 and with help from the Sheriff’s Emergency Communications Dispatch Supervisor Shannon Hoogenbosch, began CPR compressions.

Sheriff’s Senior Deputy James Kurowski and Deputy Bradley Adams were dispatched to the residence located in the 1300 block of Willow Street. When they arrived, they were directed by the family to the backyard, where they found Mr. Filippin lying on the ground.  He was bluish in color and not breathing.  The deputies used an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) brought in from a patrol car to administer a shock and then began chest compressions.  Mr. Filippin then began breathing.  The deputies continued life-saving efforts until Santa Barbara County Fire Department paramedics arrived and took over.  He was transported by American Medical Response to a local hospital where he has since made a full recovery.

Yesterday, August 30, Filippin and his family stopped by the Sheriff’s Solvang sub-station to say thank you to the deputies who helped save his life.  The deputies later visited with Filippin at his house.  Filippin said he will be forever grateful to those who helped him.  He said, “At no time during this experience did I feel like I was going to die.  My Father in Heaven got all of the right people together at the right time to be there.” 

Sheriff’s deputies are trained to perform basic life-saving measures as first responders.  Sheriff’s patrol vehicles are equipped with AEDs for medical emergencies such as this one.



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