“After asking in the event that they wanted any help, I got here out to seek out the gentleman on the bottom was unconscious and had not acquired any consideration by these surrounding him,” he mentioned. “My affected person evaluation coaching shortly kicked in and proceeded to evaluate the gentleman.”
Perez is referring to at least one side of his day by day job duties as a Naval Aircrewman Tactical Helicopter (AWR) within the U.S. Navy.
Perez, initially from Chino, California, joined the Navy in 2019. Upon completion of boot camp, he attended Aircrew then Search and Rescue colleges in Pensacola, Florida. He was then assigned to HSM-41 in San Diego, California, the place he realized the ins and outs of his function as a search and rescue swimmer crewman, earlier than heading to HSM-79 in Rota.
“My day by day obligation can range on any given day which is what I like about this career,” mentioned Perez. “I stay by the search and rescue motto ‘So Others Could Reside.’”
Perez shortly decided that the person’s pulse was virtually non-existent and he was barely respiration.
“I instantly went straight into performing CPR on the person,” mentioned Perez. “After a number of rounds of compressions, the person awakened in a state of shock and seemed to be extraordinarily misplaced and confused.”
Working with the opposite two people on the scene, they had been capable of calm the person and inspired him to stay on the bottom till emergency medical providers arrived. As soon as the ambulance arrived, Perez relayed his preliminary evaluation and actions to the emergency personnel.
“I’m a agency believer that if all of us assist, love, and respect each other this world could be in a a lot better place,” mentioned Perez. “Fortunately, my profession and title as a search and rescue swimmer has offered me with the correct expertise and data to at all times be prepared to reply when the chance sadly arises.”
In Perez’s selfless act of coming to the help of a stranger, he not solely exemplified the search and rescue motto however in response to HSM-79 Commanding Officer, Capt. John Anderson, is indicative of all the pieces that’s anticipated of a Sailor.
“I’m extremely pleased with his actions and really lucky to serve alongside him,” mentioned Anderson. “These on a regular basis interactions inside our native communities are key to constructing upon the shut relationships with our host nation associates and neighbors in Spain.”
Perez has since remained involved with the person and routinely checks in on him and his household. The person’s household was extraordinarily grateful that Perez was there to help on this tough scenario.
“I’m no hero by any means, simply extraordinarily grateful that God was capable of place me on the proper place on the proper time to assist the Spanish native in seeing one other day surrounded by his family members,” he mentioned.
Whereas everybody could not have the identical degree of coaching as him, he encourages everybody to study the essential expertise to assist – and presumably save – a life.
“I extremely encourage folks to study the essential lifesaving practices, like CPR,” he mentioned. “In order that when moments like these come up, extra folks can soar into motion and lend a serving to hand.”
The HSM-79 “Griffins” are the U.S. Navy’s solely Ahead Deployed Naval Forces-Europe (FDNF-E) aviation squadron. Homeported at NAVSTA Rota, Spain, HSM-79 FDNF-E expeditionary detachments function the MH-60R throughout the EUCOM AOR aboard Commander Process Drive (CTF) 65 destroyers in help of Commander, U.S. Sixth Fleet.
Because the “Gateway to the Mediterranean,” NAVSTA Rota offers U.S, NATO and allied forces a strategic hub for operations in Europe, Africa and the Center East. NAVSTA Rota is a drive multiplier, able to promptly deploying and supporting combat-ready forces by way of land, air and sea, enabling warfighters and their households, sustaining the fleet and fostering the U.S. and Spanish partnership.