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L.A. sheriff's deputies administer aid to stricken attorney

February 4, 2010 |  8:13 pm
Quick action by two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies at a downtown courthouse Thursday may have saved the life of an attorney who suffered cardiac arrest while questioning a witness, authorities said.

Deputies Noel Furniss and Juan Rivera administered CPR to attorney Michael Dib when the lawyer collapsed while addressing a witness on the stand at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Hill Street. The incident occurred about 11:15 a.m.

According to Lt. Rick Nutt, the two deputies performed CPR for several minutes on the attorney before paramedics arrived at Department 67. Nutt said paramedics believe Dib would have died without the swift action by the deputies.

According to authorities, Furniss had equipped his desk with a breathing mask in preparation for such an emergency. Dib was taken to Good Samaritan hospital, where he underwent surgery, officials said.

-- Richard Winton