We have been privileged to own a home in Blanco for the past 13 years. Coming from Houston, we have learned to love the community, the people, and general relaxed pace. We also understood that, with the rural small town setting, we could not expect to enjoy the same level of civic services that exist in a large metropolitan area. Since my wife and I have gotten to that point in life where some of the spring is definitely out of our step, we wondered, frankly, about the availability and responsiveness of the EMS, should we ever need it.
Unfortunately, on Friday evening on June 8th, around 10:00 I experienced a severe chest pains that would not go away. My wife called "911.” Marcus Diaz and Vicki Gable of the Blanco EMS arrived about 15 minutes later. They immediately diagnosed my condition as a heart attack and politely requested that they take me to a hospital. I readily agreed! Their professionalism was a great comfort to both my wife and me. After picking up another EMS associate, Mike West, they rushed me to Methodist Stone Oak Hospital in San Antonio. They had transmitted my vital signs ahead, and the ER staff at Stone Oak was waiting for us when we arrived at about 11:30 PM. Less than two hours from my onset of symptoms, I was in the hospital's catheterization lab receiving a stent to relieve a blockage.
The best news is that, largely as the result of the promptness and efficiency of the Blanco EMS team, I suffered no lasting effects of the heart attack. The attending cardiologist assured me, however, that in such cases the amount of delay time in getting to a hospital is an absolutely critical factor. Thanks to Marcus, Mike, and Vicki, I got to the hospital with minimal delay and very likely have my vitality, and perhaps even my life, to show for it.
I think the Blanco community is very fortunate to have individuals such as these three fine professionals associated with the EMS service. I would like to publicly thank them for their actions that evening. Everyone in the city can sleep just a little bit better knowing that there is such capable crew standing by should they ever be needed.
Robert J. DeLuca