Modern Day Heroes Living Within Us…..

What is a hero? The dictionary describes a hero as a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life for a great cause. But anyone can be a hero within the eyes of other people. For me a hero is someone who inspires people in doing small or great things for the benefit of a few or many without considering monetary concerns. From the eyes of the child, their father could be their hero.  From the eyes of the wife, their husband could be their hero. In this modern society, heroes live within us.


February 5, 2017 Sunday, Alta Vista, Cordova, Cebu

Two children drowned in the pool. Both were brothers, aged 7 & 8 years old. They were in the pool area with other kids playing. The elder brother was eating and was a bit close to the edge of the pool about 5 feet deep when suddenly was bumped by a child who was running around the area with other kids. He fell into the water and struggled to swim back to the side of the pool. He got tired and drowned. His 7 year old brother came to his brother’s aid but to no avail and likewise drowned. No one noticed the incident until a guy went in for a dip in the water and noticed that he felt something under. It was the 8 year old boy, lifeless lying flat under the pool. He pulled out the kid and called for medical assistance. It was at this moment that people in the area started gathering at the scene. The other child was still in the water and was only pulled out when one staff of the area saw the child lying flat on the pool as the rest of the people were already focused on the first victim. Both children were lifeless and it could not be determined as to how long they were underwater.


Screenshot of Dee Dee Yhani (facebook) video

Reavo Members were at the area attending a double birthday celebration. Was celebrating her birthday as well as her son (double celebration). Prior to the arrival of the medical personnel our heroes provided the most important thing that anyone can do… CPR.

Our Modern Day Heroes:

REAVO CEBU, and REAVO Members Harvey “Harvs/Harvski” De la Victoria and Wendy Mirambel.



From the words of Harvey himself :

I did my initial assessment on my patient (8 year old victim). Airway is blocked due to too much food intake. There was no breathing and no pulse as well.  I cleared the food content that was obstructing the child’s mouth and proceeded to CPR. After about 30 compressions, my patient gagged and vomited so I placed my patient to recovery position to remove the rest of the food contents to clear the airway. Once everything was cleared my patient became unconscious again and went back into respiratory and cardiac arrest. I reposition the victim to provide CPR again. Shortly after the my 2nd cycle the victim vomited and life was back. I did the same thing… placed the victim on recovery and cleared the remaining food contents in the mouth. Once again the patient went back into arrest and again I proceed with another 30 compressions to which my patient recovered again. This time, it was all well. Upon placing him on recovery position, the patient recovered slowly. I noticed continues breathing and pulse present.  I never left my patient until he regained his energy. After several minutes while he regained his energy, he vomited in a projectile manner the water that he ingested from the pool.

Wendy’s patient: (2 man rescue)

Wendy provided  compressions on the child (7 years old) while a family member of her provided rescue breath. They went through all the assessment of the boy until they saw signs of life. A total of 2 cycles of CPR were provided and shortly thereafter the victim recovered.

We then turned over the patients to the responding ambulance personnel. We made a follow up on the patients and both of them completely recovered with no brain damage.

For sure without the care provided, the victims may have not survived. We can see a lot of videos posted online were people provide the wrong care and naturally we can see the consequences of such actions. We certainly hope that more and more people will learn the right way of providing Basic Life Support so that when the moment comes, a bigger chance of survival is attained.







HARVEY “Harvs/Harvski” DE LA VICTORIA is 29 years old from Mandaue City. A nursing graduate and currently working as a Claims Officer in a Shared Services Company and does creative writing with Cebu Tours on the side line. An active volunteer REAVO (Radio Emergency And Volunteer Organization) Cebu. Reavo Cebu is a private institution or group that had been serving the community for 3 years already.





WENDY MIRAMBEL is a mother of 2 children. The birthday celebrant at the time of the incident. She works online as a General Virtual Assistant and at the same time works as the company secretary on their own business. Also a REAVO member inspired by her husband who have joined REAVO earlier.






REAVO CEBU is a private institution organized about 3 years ago providing communication and emergency assistance in the locality. Currently the group has one ambulance and is active in civic work activities particularly in the emergency situations. Members of the unit are from different fields of profession and business.



I am sure that there are people out there who does the same. We hope that your numbers will multiply and we salute all of you for making a difference in the lives of many, for saving lives, for being heroes in these modern days….


Making a Difference….

zep tonA few years back, while conducting BLS ACLS training in Cagayan De Oro City, a participant from Pagadian City in the name of Mr. Joseph Toniacao R.N.  joined our training together with his friends (workmates) in the hospital. They decided to join the training considering that it is a requirement for their application abroad.
Shortly after the training, he invited our team to conduct similar training in his city. It was indeed our pleasure to conduct the training and to make the long story short, we have conducted several batches of training in his area with Mr. Toniacao being the coordinator.

We are indeed proud to have Mr. Tonicao as a participant and as a coordinator and is indeed very happy to know what he has accomplished for the past years in his medical career.


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Only few R.N.’s are given the opportunity to intubate patients in our area and Mr. Toniacao is one of them. He has attributed his knowledge and skilsl to the training that we have provided but I can say that it is all because of him. Surely Mr. Toniaco is making a difference and because of this, we find it worthy to write this post to honor such an accomplishment.






Currently he is planning to go abroad to find a greener pasture. We wish you the best sir! I am sure with your abilities and skills you will surely go a long long way. We also hope that through this post, you will become an inspiration to your fellow nurses in making a difference!



star of life

Star_of_life watch logoIt’s time to understand the symbol we call the 
“Star of Life”

The Star of Life is a blue, six-pointed star, outlined with a white border which features the rod of Asclepius in the center. The origin and design is governed by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which is under the United States Department of Transportation, DOT). Internationally, it represents emergency medical services units and personnel. The logo was used as a stamp of authentication or certification for ambulances, emergency medical technicians, advance emergency medical technicians, paramedics and other emergency medical responders. However, it is now use Internationally to represent emergency medical services units and personnel.


 The symbol’s history


The Star of Life was created after the American Red Cross complained in 1973 since most ambulances used a safety orange cross on a square background of reflectorized white to designate them as emergency units. The orange cross too closely resembled their logo, the red cross on a white background, its use restricted by the Geneva Conventions.
The newly designed Star of Life was adapted from the Medical Identification Symbol of the American Medical Association, which was trademarked by the American Medical Association (AMA) in 1967. The newly designed logo was trademarked on February 1, 1977 with the Commissioner of Patents and Trade-marks in the name of the National Highway Traffic Safety and Administration. The logo was “given” to the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for use as the emergency medical technicians (EMT) logo after the trademark expired in 1997.
From there, the logo was carried on and now are being utilized worldwide by emergency medical services and personnel. It has become an identifiable mark for rescuers and emergency providers even the form of a badge or a patch.



Understanding the symbol – The snake emblem



rod-of-asclepius-connected-mdThe Rod of Asclepius also known as the Staff of Asclepius is a serpent-entwined rod wielded by the Greek god Asclepius, a deity associated with healing and medicine. There were several theories with respect to the symbol but most of these can be traced to Greek mythology.
The symbol has continued to be used in modern times, where it is associated with medicine and health care. Medical doctors, nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics and even first aid providers proudly wear the symbol as an identification of their work or profession.
Understanding the Star – six points

There are six points or shall we say six branches in the star of life. Each point represent the task that a provider execute during the whole response.



  • Detection: The first rescuers on the scene, usually untrained civilians or those involved in the incident, observe the scene, understand the problem, identify the dangers to themselves and the others, and take appropriate measures to ensure their safety on the scene (environmental, electricity, chemicals, radiation, etc.).
  • Reporting: The call for professional help is made and dispatch is connected with the victims, providing emergency medical dispatch. Most countries have a 3 digit number for their emergency medical services. The dispatcher usually decides and dispatch the necessary vehicles and personnel toward the scene basing on the report.
  • Response: The first rescuers provide first aid and immediate care to the extent of their capabilities. They also decide if additional resources are needed at the scene and may call for them.
  • On scene care: The EMS personnel arrive and provide immediate care to the extent of their capabilities on-scene. This includes assessment and prioritizing care such as airway management and controlling bleeding. Vitals signs will also be taken to have a baseline data of the victim or victims condition and also provides the necessary intervention for the patient to survive.
  • Care in transit: The EMS personnel proceed to transfer the patient to a hospital via an ambulance or helicopter for specialized care. They provide medical care during the transportation.
  • Transfer to definitive care: Appropriate specialized care is provided at the hospital depending on the nature of injury or illness.


 Don’t wear it unless you understand…..


There is no agency tasked with enforcing its use as a mark of certification, the Star of Life has traditionally been used as a means of identification for medical personnel, equipment, and vehicles. Many ambulance services mark the symbol on their vehicles, and ambulance crews often wear the design as part of their uniform.
It is quite interesting to know the meaning of what your wearing. So before you wear the patch or your pin, you should be able to know the meaning of the symbol. By knowing the meaning, we can be assured that you you also know your job. Then and then only you will be worthy of wearing the symbol we call the Star of Life…..