Four Scofield State Park employees have been recognized for their actions in helping save John Christensen's life.
Christensen, 35, lost consciousness and began vomiting blood one evening in September. Park ranger Marc Marcroft and seasonal park employees Lynn Archuleta and Sam and Roberta Jones were the only available medical attention until an ambulance could make the 40-minute drive from Price.The Joneses, certified Red Cross emergency responders, arrived first and began to administer first aid. The park personnel opened and maintained Christensen's airway. They provided comfort to the family.
Sam Jones and Marcroft also provided medical attention on the way to Price.
Christensen, still comatose and in respiratory arrest, was given less than a 25 percent chance of survival at Castleview Hospital. He was flown by medical helicopter to LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, where he recovered.
Christensen said he is thankful that trained personnel were nearby.
"My wife went to call Sam and Roberta Jones because she knew them and knew they were trained," he said. "She couldn't remember their number and the kids kept saying, `Call 911!' The Joneses heard the message over the scanner and responded immediately."