Los Angeles Volunteer EMS Find Missing Patient

Cooperative efforts with local law enforcement led to success


Hatzolah of Los Angeles | | Thursday, March 15, 2012

REDONDO BEACH – For the second time this week, the Hatzolah of Los Angeles volunteer Emergency Medical Service was called to search for a missing person who was believed to be in danger. The victim, a 42-year-old female resident of the South Bay, had gone missing after last speaking with an out-of-state family member over the telephone. Believing that the woman—who suffers from several medical conditions—was in danger, family members contacted local police as well as another community volunteer organization, Chaverim of Los Angeles.

Chaverim contacted Hatzolah of Los Angeles and provided them with the information necessary to initiate a full-scale search effort. Local police were notified, and officers were informed to be on the lookout for the missing individual and her vehicle. With the cooperation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Huntington Beach Police Department, the victim’s cell phone records were obtained and a search radius of approximately one-half mile was identified.

By 9:30 PM Tuesday, Hatzolah had established a unified command post in the city of Redondo Beach, where the victim’s cell phone had last been used. More than two dozen Hatzolah and Chaverim volunteers took part in searching the surrounding area for any sign of the victim.

At approximately 11:00 PM, Hatzolah members found the woman’s vehicle parked at a local motel. After Hatzolah responders confirmed that the missing woman had registered as a guest at this motel, the Redondo Beach Police and Fire departments were notified. The victim was found inside her room in critical condition and was promptly transported to Little Company of Mary hospital in Torrance.
Hatzolah officials wish to thank the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the Huntington Beach Police Department, the Redondo Beach Police Department, the Redondo Beach Fire Department, as well as Chaverim of Los Angeles for their assistance and cooperation during this search.

Hatzolah of Los Angeles is an IRS 501(c)3 Non-Profit corporation with elected officers and a board of directors, incorporated in the state of California. Its primary goal is to provide trained volunteers capable of responding to all emergency medical situations within the communities it serves, with the training, skill and equipment necessary to provide competent medical and emergency care. With the support and endorsement of local community leaders and public safety agencies, Hatzolah has trained nearly 100 volunteers as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who are certified by the Los Angeles County EMS Agency.

Hatzolah members are linked to a dispatch center via a sophisticated communication system and are ready to respond to medical emergencies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Hatzolah maintains a Medical Advisory Board, consisting of distinguished physicians within the community, with whom Hatzolah regularly consults. All Hatzolah members are equipped with life-saving equipment such as oxygen, airway management devices, trauma supplies, and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs).

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