February 21, 2019

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Tracey Harty Communications Specialist
Utah Senate Minority Caucus
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Senate Minority Whip Luz Escamilla to Recognize Teen Lifesaver



Sen. Luz Escamilla will present a citation to honor Felix Ortiz for his heroic actions for initiated CPR on the victim at the scene of car crash.

Felix Ortiz, a junior at West High School, pulled over at a crash on the 600 north on-ramp to northbound I-15 in Salt Lake City, where he saw a car had flipped over on Tuesday, February 19.

Approaching the car before first responders arrived, Ortiz saw there was a man inside, who was starting to foam at the mouth and turn purple.

Without hesitation, Ortiz pulled the man from the car and checked for a pulse. Not finding one, he performed CPR – the first time he had ever done so on a person. He was able to get the man breathing and was taken to the hospital. The victim suffered a medical emergency prior to the crash.

Ortiz took a CPR class to be prepared for any situation in life.


Sen. Luz Escamilla Felix Ortiz, West High School student


Thursday, February 21, 2019 at approximately 2:45 pm during Senate floor time (2:00-4:00 pm)


Utah State Capitol – Senate Chamber

350 State St., Suite 320, Salt Lake City, UT 84111