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June Boie of Rice Hospital, left, speaks with Jesus Garcia, from second left, Manuel Cuellar and Jessica Garcia during a ceremony honoring the Garcias for their actions in saving Cuellar after he suffered cardiac arrest outside Rice Memorial Hospital. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Honor for local family for saving man outside Rice Hospital ER


WILLMAR — When a 70-year-old man went into cardiac arrest in the Rice Memorial Hospital emergency room parking lot this past September, Jessica Garcia, her husband, Jesus, and brother-in-law, Eric Garcia, took action.

Jesus and Eric removed him from his car, where he was slumped over into the passenger seat. Jessica, a registered nurse at Migrant Health Services in Willmar, administered CPR until the emergency room staff could arrive.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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