When a customer at the Timber House went into cardiac arrest on June 23, Eddie Mata took swift action. He immediately administered CPR, saving the man’s life, said Matthew House, a captain with the Chester Fire Department.
House and the Chester firefighters and EMTs honored Mata Oct. 25 with a plaque thanking him for his meritorious service. The Chester Public Utility District directors added their personal thanks to Mata at their board meeting.
An employee of the Timber House in Chester, Mata had learned CRP during a previous employment, House said. “He jumped right in, using his training. There are not a lot of people who could do that,” he said. Only 10 percent of CPR treatments are successful, House added.
When House and other emergency medical technicians arrived they got the man’s pulse back and took him to Seneca Hospital. The plaque presented by the firefighters is their way of thanking Mata for his heroic effort, House said.