Business Life magazine publisher John Krikorian, 79, father of Glendale Unified school board member Greg Krikorian, was in stable condition Wednesday after collapsing onstage at the annual Glendale Fire Department awards ceremony.
Midway through his acceptance speech for the “Service Above Self” award, John Krikorian lost consciousness and collapsed as Glendale firefighter-paramedics rushed in to catch him onstage at the Glendale Hilton.
They performed emergency CPR as they rushed him to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was admitted to the cardiac catheterization lab, which specializes in treating heart conditions.
Within hours he had regained consciousness, and his vital signs had stabilized, Glendale Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey said.
“This is a step in the right direction,” Godfrey said.
He credited the positive outcome to the swift action of firefighter-paramedics and the proximity to Glendale Adventist and its specialized heart trauma center.
“Every second counts in trying to bring [the heart] back,” he said.