Saint Mary's Student Honored for Life-Saving Actions

Posted: 06-Mar-2019

On Wednesday evening, February 20th, the MOFD Board of Directors presented a proclamation honoring Saint Marys College student Courtney Newton for her actions in providing life-saving CPR to a cardiac arrest victim in Moraga- 


WHEREAS, on January 27, 2019, a 57 year-old male collapsed at Starbuck Coffee in Moraga; and

WHEREAS, Courtney Newton immediately took action and began life-saving efforts with effective and timely CPR as bystanders called for help; and

WHEREAS, when a MOFD advanced life support engine (ALS) from Fire Station #42 arrived on scene, three complete cycles of CPR had been completed by Courtney; and 

WHEREAS, the patient was still in cardiac arrest, was shocked and provided ALS care by MOFD paramedics; and

WHEREAS, the MOFD ALS ambulance arrived from Fire Station #41 shortly thereafter and continued resuscitation while the patient was transported to a nearby hospital; and

WHEREAS, the patient was treated at the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery; and 

WHEREAS, the resident survived due to a sequence of events which began with early recognition of his condition, early activation of the 9-1-1 system, immediate and effective CPR from Courtney Newton, the rapid response from fire paramedics, advanced care in the field, and transport to a hospital for further advanced care; and 

WHEREAS, this sequence of events is appropriately called the “The Chain of Survival.” 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of the Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection District and its employees, do hereby issue this Proclamation to Courtney Newton in recognition of her life-saving efforts on January 27, 2019. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to Courtney for her courage and selfless service. We congratulate her for a job well done from the Board and community.

The Clerk of the Board shall attest and affix the seal of the Moraga-Orinda Fire District to this proclamation on this 20th day of February 2019.