Northeast Edition

DWP employees rescue man in Highland Park

HIGHLAND PARK — A man who was found unconscious in his car Aug. 18 is alive thanks to a pair of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power workers who came to his aid.

Utility workers Raul Jaime and Jose Gonzalez were on break near York Boulevard and Avenue 52 when they noticed a man in the driver’s seat of a parked car slumped over and apparently unconscious.

The two workers tried to awaken the man, but after failing to revive him, they called 911. The emergency dispatcher instructed them to open the unlocked door of the car and begin administering CPR.

Gonzalez, who performed the emergency maneuver, was able to bring the man back to consciousness just as a Los Angeles Police Department detective arrived. Paramedics also arrived soon after to give aid to the man.

DWP General Manager Marcie Edwards lauded the two workers, saying “the actions of these compassionate public servants exemplify the dedication of our employees to the people of Los Angeles.”

“They made a difference by going out of their way and saving a man’s life,” she said.