Guam Guardsmen awarded for saving a life

Guam Guardsmen awarded for saving a life

by Capt. Mark Scott
Guam National Guard

BARRIGADA, Guam - Staff Sgt. Lance Botelho and Technical Sgt. Edward Quichocho of the Guam Air National Guard’s 254th REDHORSE Squadron, while on duty at their civilian jobs at Naval Base Guam Fire and Emergency Services, responded to an emergency aboard the USNS Millinocket on Nov. 12. Upon arrival, the patient was conscious and responsive, but soon lost consciousness and had no pulse and was not breathing.

The medics kicked into action, and began immediate CPR procedures during transport to Guam’s Naval Hospital. Due to their quick action, the patient regained a pulse and breathing shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Due to the lifesaving acts performed by Botelho and Quichocho, they awarded Certificates of Lifesaving from Capt. Jeffrey Grimes, Naval Base Guam commander, on Nov. 13.

“What an honor and a joy it is, to work alongside such dedicated professionals who make a difference in our community,” said Maj. Gen. Esther Aguigui, Guam National Guard adjutant general, in her congratulatory remarks. “The values of selfless service and giving back are deeply rooted in our culture and our organization, and these fine Airmen embody these values. They are shining examples of all that is still right with the world, in a time when we need them the most.”

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