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Man Remains in ICU After Choking Inside of Denny’s in Victorville

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VICTORVILLE:(VVNG.com)- Authorities responded to a man choking at the Denny’s located on the 14000 block of Valley Center Drive at approximately 1 p.m. on July 5th. Bystanders watched in shock as the man reportedly turned blue right before their eyes. Fortunately, authorities performed the Heimlich maneuver and CPR until paramedics arrived and stabilized the gentleman.

Barbara Felix was having lunch inside the Denny’s and sitting one table over at the time of the incident. “His son tried to help him. It didn’t look good, the police worked on him ’til the paramedics stabilized him… I was bawling my eyes out… I prayed and prayed out loud!”

The man was taken to a local hospital by ground ambulance. On Thursday, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Mara Rodriguez told Victor Valley News in a follow-up email, the male remains hospitalized and in ICU on a ventilator with no changes in his condition.

CPR, or cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, restarts a person’s breathing or heart when either action ceases to function. According to the American Red Cross, a high percentage of cardiac arrest victims die before they make it to the hospital and performing CPR can increase their chances of survival (source).

The issue doesn’t stop at cardiac arrest, you can help someone who is choking or someone who has stopped breathing. When CPR is performed within 5 minutes of a collapse, you can increase the survival rate by 50%.

Many job positions require that you know CPR, especially if you are in the field of teaching or care-giving. It is especially important that you know CPR if you have children. Choking is the leading cause of death in children 5 years and younger because they tend to place small objects in their mouth.

For more information on CPR and useful courses, visit the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. The Heimlich Maneuver can also be used in most choking cases.

Victorville deputies performing the heimlich maneuver on a man choking inside of Denny's in Victorville. (photo by Barbara Felix Lopez)

Victorville deputies performing the heimlich maneuver on a man choking inside of Denny’s in Victorville. (photo by Barbara Felix Lopez)

Diana Cabral was born in Los Angeles, Ca and has been a resident of the High Desert for nearly a decade. She is an aspiring photojournalist inspired by photographers James Nachtwey, Eve Arnold, Dorothea Lange, and Vivian Maier. Through her endeavors, Diana hopes to help others, bring people together, and open eyes.

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Motorcyclist airlifted after crash on Pawnee Rd and Highway 18 in Apple Valley

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A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)
A motorcyclist was critically injured in a Tuesday night crash on Highway 18. (Hugo C. Mary's Valdez, VVNG.com)

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A motorcycle rider was airlifted following a crash Tuesday in Apple Valley.

It happened at the intersection of Pawnee Road and Highway 18 at 7:35 p.m. and involved a minivan and black 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle.

When firefighters from the Apple Valley Fire Protection District arrived on scene they requested one airship to land at St. Mary’s Medical Center for the motorcycle rider, who sustained major injuries. Witnesses reported the rider suffered a serious leg injury.

The rider was subsequently airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, and a second ground ambulance was requested to the scene.

Westbound lanes of Highway 18 at Pawnee Ridge were shut down as authorities investigated the crash. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Downed Power Lines Blocking Arrowhead Lake Rd in Hesperia

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HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Downed power lines are blocking a stretch of busy Arrowhead Lake Road near Randall Road in Hesperia.

At about 5:22 PM on August 11th San Bernardino County Fire responded to the scene and located the snapped utility pole with low hanging high-tension wires across the roadway. Firefighters requested law enforcement to expedite to the scene and shut down the roadway

Southern California Edison will respond to complete the repairs and at this time it’s unknown how long the roadway will remain closed for. According to CHP incident logs, officials are providing traffic control.

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Rollover crash in Hesperia shuts down 15 freeway Tuesday, 2 airlifted

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HESPERIA, Calif.(VVNG.com) — Traffic along the northbound I-15 freeway remains jammed after it was briefly shutdown to land two helicopters Tuesday.

It was reported at 11:53 a.m. on August 11, 2020, about a mile before Main Street in Hesperia.

For reasons still unknown, the four-door sedan rolled over and landed on it’s roof in a drainage ditch along the right shoulder of the freeway.

San Bernardino County Fire responded to the incident and located two people with critical injuries inside the tan colored vehicle.

Firefighters requested that the California Highway Patrol shut down traffic in order to allow the two helicopters to land on the freeway.

A Mercy Air helicopter landed first followed by a Reach helicopter and both occupants were airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.

The Victorville CHP is handling the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 760-241-1186.

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