Off-duty paramedic saves veteran having heart attack in Sterling Heights


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Darin Inda, Director of Compliance for Universal Ambulance Service, was recently recognized by the City of Sterling Heights and the Sterling Heights Fire Department for his quick-action and life-saving efforts.

On November 8th 2018, John Coppins, a U.S. Air Force Veteran and Sterling Heights resident for over 40 years, was grocery shopping when he went into cardiac arrest. Thankfully, only a few feet away was Darin Inda, a trained Critical Care Paramedic with over 25-years of experience and a 28-year employee of Universal Ambulance Service.

Darin witnessed Mr. Coppins collapse, recognized his condition and within seconds began CPR until the Sterling Heights Fire Department responded and provided continued on-scene treatment for nearly 40-minutes. Miraculously, Mr. Coppins’ heart began to beat, and after 4-weeks in the hospital he recently became the 16th recipient of the Sterling Heights Survivor Coin.

Bystander CPR, quick activation of the emergency response system and early access to defibrillation are all key components of the American Heart Association’s Chain of Survival. Universal Ambulance offers our highly-trained and experienced staff to anyone looking for more information, and we encourage everyone to get educated, go through training and and gain their own confidence in providing basic pre-hospital life support.