By Lt. Monica Ayon, AA/PIO
California Men’s Colony
California Men’s Colony (CMC) Correctional Officer Jose Perez was enjoying his day off June 4 downtown in Atascadero when he came across 85-year-old Marvin Horwitz, who was going into cardiac arrest.
Officer Perez quickly retrieved his CPR Micro Shield barrier from his vehicle and began CPR on Mr. Horwitz. Officer Perez was joined by an off-duty San Luis Obispo County Correctional Sergeant and together they performed two-person CPR until they relieved by responding police officers.
In a letter to CMC Facility Captain Robert Furster, Sergeant Jeff Wilshusen of the Atascadero Police Department stated: “As a result of Officer Perez performing early and correct CPR on Mr. Horwitz he survived.”
Prior to Mr. Horwitz being transported by ambulance to the hospital, he was awake and talking.
An Atascadero Fire Department paramedic who responded to the incident said Mr. Horwitz survived because of the quick delivery of CPR by Officer Perez and others and the use of a defibrillator by paramedics.
Officer Perez began his career with the CDCR on September 3, 2013. He graduated from the academy on December 20, 2013, and reported to CMC three days later. We are proud to have Officer Perez as part of the CMC family.