Man saves life of Sun Bowl Parade volunteer who suffered heart attack

El Paso News

An incident that happened right after this year’s Thanksgiving Sun Bowl parade is now highlighting the importance of knowing Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR.)

Special Events Director for the Sun Bowl Association, Joe Daubach, said he had to put his CPR training to good use after one of the volunteers at the warehouse began having a heart attack as the team was storing floats for next year. 

“Thank God that we were there for him working together as a team to be there and to actually save his life. We had to perform CPR twice,” said Daubach. 

Daubauch, along with another volunteer, Katherine Hansen, helped Ray Olivas as he became unconscious and stopped breathing. 

Daubach told KTSM he learned CPR back in the late 1990s when he worked at a children’s home in Illinois. Although he hadn’t practiced it since, he says it seemed to have come as a reflex.

“Its just one of those things that I kept saying to myself, ‘I’m not going to let you go, I will not let you go’,” he said. “Every second does count in a situation like this.” 

Ray’s brother is Bernie Olivas, the director of the Sun Bowl Association. He says his brother is recovering well thanks to the help he received. 

“I spoke to him not too long ago and he was ready to get up and go get them again, but I told him, ‘Ray stay in bed’,” said Olivas. “It’s ironic the parade theme this year was ‘Amazing Feats’. I don’t think you get more amazing than saving someone’s life and Joe has done a tremendous job at his job, but to save somebody’s life is extraordinary.”

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