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Survivors of cardiac arrest in Santa Barbara Co. meet with those who helped save them

Posted: 6:54 PM, Feb 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-07 22:25:04-05

Some cardiac arrest survivors in Santa Barbara County met Thursday with first responders who helped save their lives.

The Cardiac Arrest Survivor Celebration was held at the Santa Ynez Marriott in Buellton.

It brought 911 dispatchers, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, sheriff’s deputies, hospital staff and even Good Samaritans together with survivors of cardiac arrest.

The event was hosted by the Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services Agency, which says it “celebrates the gift of life and recognizes the amazing men and women who protect it. It is an opportunity to hear real stories of strangers helping strangers who then become lifelong friends.”

Santa Barbara County First District Supervisor Das Williams was the keynote speaker at the event.

Organizers say the Santa Barbara County EMS System has one of the highest sudden cardiac arrests survival rates in the country.