On April 18, 2016, Sergeant Dennis Loubal was on duty as the Coastside Supervisor when a medical call came in of an unresponsive 8 year old girl at Farallone View School. Sgt. Loubal was the first “first responder” to arrive on scene. When Sgt. Loubal located the girl, he found her to be unresponsive, not breathing and without a pulse. As Cal Fire medics were arriving, Sgt. Loubal started CPR. Sgt. Loubal continued to assist with lifesaving efforts as well as supervise deputies who were assisting in establishing a landing zone for Life Flight. Compounding the already stressful situation, Sgt. Loubal recognized the girl as a family friend who lived on his street.
As medical personnel were getting the girl onto Life Flight, the girl resumed breathing but was still unconscious. The girl was taken to Stanford Hospital where she eventually recovered. Although it was originally believed the girl fell from a play structure, medical personnel learned that she had an unknown heart condition. Medical personnel from Stanford Hospital credit the actions of Sgt. Loubal and Cal Fire medics for saving the girls life.
You are to be commended for you quick, selfless, life-saving actions.
Dated: September 13, 2016
Carlos G. Bolanos, Sheriff
County of San Mateo