Natchez firefighter honored for saving life of 70-year old

Published 12:06 am Wednesday, October 10, 2018


NATCHEZ —During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Natchez Mayor and Board of Aldermen, Mayor Darryl Grennell and the board commended Natchez Fire Department Capt. Luis Videgaray for saving the life of a 70-year-old woman who was having a heart attack.

On July 22, Videgaray was driving a church van with five teenage passengers when he noticed a woman having chest pains, Grennell said.

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First, Videgaray heard her wheeze, Grennell said, and then he saw her pass out.

Videgaray thought quickly in getting a licensed teenager to take the wheel while he applied chest compressions and saved her life, Grennell said.

Videgaray said he had been emergency medical technician until 2010 and he said the instinct to act came back quickly.

“They tell you all the time that you’ll immediately remember everything, and I did,” Videgaray said.