Written by California ABC
CARPINTERIA - On March 20, 2020, California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Ventura District Office agents Kim Rodriguez, Sovantana Tan, and Alberto Villanueva were working field enforcement during the global Covid-19 pandemic. The agents were inside of an ABC licensed off-sale premises, in the City of Carpinteria, in Santa Barbara County, when they heard people yelling for help. The agents instinctively responded to the scene to investigate.
Upon arriving at the check-out stand, they observed an unresponsive two or three-year-old child with two family members who were calling for help. Agent Villanueva assessed the child and began performing chest compressions while agent Tan instructed one of the family members to perform rescue breaths. Agent Rodriguez provided crowd control and support, and additional CPR instructions to agents Villanueva and Tan. Agents ensured an ambulance had been called to the scene and continued to perform CPR until the child began breathing on his own.
When the fire department arrived on scene, agent Villanueva picked up the child, who was now breathing and semi-conscious, and carried the child outside to the paramedics. The child was assessed by paramedics and they determined that the child was breathing and no longer in immediate life-threatening danger.
These agents heroic actions were submitted as possible recipients of ABC’s Superior Effort Act - Life Saving Award. Job well done agents Rodriguez, Tan, and Villanueva!