On July 8, 2008, at about 1:55 PM, Arcadia resident Blanca Woods was in the right place at the right time. Blanca witnessed a visitor to her residential complex go under water in the pool and not come back up. The man was drowning. Blanca immediately called to her nephew to call 9-1-1 and jumped into the pool to assist the man. The victim’s wife, Maria Kocharian, ran to assist Blanca in pulling the victim from the pool. Maria then began CPR on her husband. Within moments, the victim began breathing on his own. Undoubtedly, without the quick actions of Blanca and Maria, the consequences could have been grave.
The Arcadia City Council and Arcadia Police Chief Bob Sanderson honored Blanca and Maria at a recent City Council Meeting. Blanca Woods, Maria Kocharian and Andre Nalbandian were awarded Certificates of Commendation for their life saving actions on July 8, 2008. The APOA congratulates each of the recipients.