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Quick action, CPR saved life outside Houston BBQ restaurant

June 14, 2019 

The quick efforts of two District Attorney’s Office investigators, the Freeport Police Chief, and a private citizen during lunch hour in downtown Houston, are being credited with saving the life of a man who suffered a heart attack.

The four of them worked together Wednesday shortly before noon to perform CPR on a man in the parking lot outside Jackson Street BBQ in the shadow of Minute Maid Park.

The stricken man, who is a contract maintenance worker at the Sheriff’s Office, was rushed by the Houston Fire Dept. to the hospital, where the staff there later said the men’s efforts saved the patient’s life.

He remains hospitalized.

District Attorney’s Office Investigators Robert Pelton and Paul Lasco, who are long-time law-enforcement officers, had just entered the restaurant to have lunch when they were flagged by another patron.

They were joined by Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey, who was also at the establishment.

They took over for a citizen who was in the parking lot already trying to do CPR on the man. He was getting CPR instruction over the phone from a 911 emergency dispatcher.

“I could not be prouder,” District Attorney Kim Ogg said. “They literally saved a man’s life.”

Pelton credited CPR training he received in the Army as well in law enforcement.

“People should get training in CPR. It could save a life. You could be in the right place at the right time and save a life,” Pelton said. “You need to have training and be willing to use it.”

Lasco credited Houston Fire Dept. firefighters who were quickly on the scene.

“If you are in trouble, these are the guys you want coming to help you,” he said. “They were very professional, very well trained. They did a great job.”

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