Border Patrol agent, 2 others credited for saving elderly woman’s life

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 10:25 PM MST|Updated: Nov. 16, 2016 at 4:31 PM MST
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DOUGLAS, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A 77-year-old woman is alive today thanks to the quick work of a Border Patrol agent, the agent's daughter and a neighbor.

"This act of heroism is an example of the kindness and compassion that Border Patrol agents embody within our communities," said Tucson Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Paul Beeson.

Border Patrol agent Robert Hughes, assigned to the Douglas Border Patrol Station, had been getting ready for work on Thursday, Nov. 10, when he heard a knock on his door and a young boy asking for help.

According to Hughes the boy told him his mom had called 911 because a woman had collapsed on the sidewalk and his mother was performing CPR.

He ran out of the house to where the boy's mother was performing CPR on the woman and took over. According to Hughes, a short time later his daughter, Sydney Sandoval, arrived. Sandoval is a certified Emergency Medical Technician, she assisted her father with CPR until the Sierra Vista Police Department and Medical Emergency Services arrived and transported her to Canyon Vista Medical Center.

Hughes learned later that the 77-year-old had been walking her dog when she suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the sidewalk.

The CPR performed by Hughes, his daughter and the neighbor saved the woman's life, according to a SVPD report.

"A Border Patrol agent, an EMT and a civilian came to the rescue of an elderly woman without giving it a second thought. It was a perfect illustration of how Arizonans care about their neighbors, and it shows that our Border Patrol agents are equally a part of the communities in which they live and serve," Beeson said in the release.

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