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Man Suffering Heart Attack at Gunsight Rock Rescued by Chopper Henry 1

Helicopter Unit - Henry 1 photo courtesy of Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
Helicopter Unit - Henry 1 photo courtesy of Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
By Bay City News

A man suffering a heart attack at a Santa Rosa regional park was rescued by helicopter on Saturday afternoon, a sheriff's deputy said.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office's helicopter Henry 1 was sent to the area of Gunsight Rock in Hood Mountain Regional Park shortly after noon, Sheriff's Deputy Chris Mahoney said.

The area of Gunsight Rock is remote and vehicle access is limited near the top of the park, he said. While en route to the scene the crew learned that a person was suffering from a heart attack, according to Mahoney.

The crew found the patient, identified as a 53-year-old man, lying down surrounded by several bystanders, he said. The pilot landed the helicopter in a parking lot at the base of Hood Mountain because they were unable to park near Gunsight Rock, according to Mahoney.

The pilot positioned the helicopter for a long-line rescue and flew the crew to the man on a 100-foot line attached to the aircraft, Mahoney said.

A paramedic performed life support care to the man, assessed his heart with a cardiac monitor and determined the man needed to be transported to a treatment facility, according to Mahoney.

With the help of bystanders, the crew placed the man on a Traverse rescue stretcher attached to the helicopter and flew him to a nearby field where he was then placed on the aircraft, he said.

He was then safely transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Mahoney said.

The Santa Rosa Fire Department also responded to the rescue, he said.

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