Casino Security Staff Saves Woman's Life


The security staff at Mazatzal Hotel and Casino put emergency equipment to good use late last month, when a female guest collapsed.

The woman was unresponsive with no detectable pulse and had stopped breathing.


James Morris, Don Berry and Ron Shook, members of the Mazatzal Casino security staff, came to the aid of a woman who collapsed and stopped breathing, saving her life.

The security staff assessed her condition, called 911 and then used an automated external defibrillator (AED) to shock her heart and followed by giving cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The guest quickly began to breathe on her own and, within six minutes, paramedics and an ambulance crew from Life Star arrived on the scene. They stabilized the woman and transported her to Payson Regional Medical Center.

The members of the casino security staff who came to the woman's aid were James Morris, Ron Shook and Don Berry.

"Mazatzal Casino is proud to have been able to assist this guest in a time of such crisis and proud of its well-trained employees, who rose to the occasion and helped to save a life," said Marketing Director Farrell Thompson, in a press release.

Mazatzal Casino has worked with the Payson Fire Department on the Public Access Defibrillator project.

The casino has two of the AED units on premises in a proactive attempt to be prepared for emergencies, before they arise.

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