Appreciative Cardiac Arrest Survivor Makes Second Donation

Appreciative Cardiac Arrest Survivor Makes Second Donation to the San Francisco Fire Department (PDF)

On May 20, 2008, Phil Cassou’s life would change forever.  On his way to work, Mr. Cassou suffered a sudden cardiac arrest.  A series of events then took place that would give him a new chance at life.

After falling to the ground next to a BART escalator on Market Street, a bystander began CPR, BART Police officers joined in the effort to assist him, and a rapid response of Fire Department teams continued with life supporting efforts while transporting him to the hospital.  Mr. Cassou went from cardiac arrest victim to survivor that day.

Mr.Cassou has been celebrating being a survivor for the past two years and he is expressing his deep appreciation toward the San Francisco Fire Department for a second time by purchasing and donating a non-invasive medical device to assess the level of carbon monoxide in a person’s blood stream, both rapidly and painlessly.  The device, a RAD-57 CO-Oximeter, manufactured by Masimo Corporation, is carried by Paramedic Supervisors who respond to fires and other emergencies.  The RAD-57 CO-Oximeter has already proven vital in assessing many patients, resulting in lives saved, at two separate carbon monoxide incidents and several house fires.



DATE:  Wednesday, June 23, 2010
TIME: 10: 00 A.M.
LOCATION:     SFFD Headquarters,  698 Second Street
PARTICIPANTS:   Joanne Hayes-White, Fire Chief
Pete Howes, EMS Chief
Phil Cassou, Survivor
Bob Owen, Masimo Corporation