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FitView- Revived on the Ride

FitView By Efren Martinez

Revived on the ride

At 59 years young, William L. Madsen has been a bicycle enthusiast for 10 years averaging around 90 miles a week in and out of group and solo rides. Bill, as his friends refer to him, had no idea that he was even close to having a heart condition outside of some high cholesterol. One Wednesday evening group ride out of Ripon, from George’s Bike Shop, Bill suffered a major heart attack at mile 10. The last thing Bill remembers is that he was in the front of the group and then just fell over on his bike. The other cyclists immediately came to his side and Bill then told them that he was having chest pains, Bill then went into cardiac arrest. Thankfully Dr. Diaz was along for the ride that night and immediately started to administer CPR. He along with the other cyclists who also had similar background in medical emergency experience started to assist in trying to bring back Bill to life. Bill couldn’t have been in a better place outside of being in a hospital when his heart attack happened. On the doctors lead, he orchestrated some in the group in riding out to the various crossroads to direct the emergency vehicles to Bill’s location. After all, they were out in the country and if Bill might have been riding alone that day, well I shudder to think how Bill’s story would have ended. According to Bill, it was by the grace of God and not luck to have had so many caring fellow bicyclists riding with him that night including Dr. Diaz. MD., Jaime Cardosa, ER nurse, Steve Meece, Ripon Police officer, and Jared Cardoza, a Cardiac Technician.

Bill’s heart attack was a massive one as the team of cyclists took turns administering CPR, they struggled to bring him back to life. In fact, once they got his heart to start beating again, it stopped. When the ambulance arrived the rescuers could not find his pulse three times during their attempts to save him. After the last time, then they put on the paddles to shock his heart. Bill is a blessing of God and we are grateful to have him with us today. Bill told me that his heart attack could have happened on the Monday prior to that Wednesday’s ride. That day Bill was riding by himself out in the country near Escalon. In Bill’s own words, “God had other plans, he had it so that I was riding in a group with medical professionals that could save my life that day and Efren, I give all the glory to God because of his will and how it all unfolded that day.”

Today Bill is back on the bike carefully every day doing 20 to 25 miles out of Escalon to Riverbank and back. For Bill, biking is not only his preferred way to exercise, but he also enjoys being able to meet new people that share the same love for cycling as he does. Bill’s message to his fellow cyclists, Thank you, you saved my life and I’m eternally grateful, thank you for that and your continued support to keep me going.

Key Cycling tips Always cycle with a buddy Ride with traffic, not against it Replace your helmet after each fall or crash Road ID is my preferred App for location and safety info

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I answered the call back in 1983; mixing Music and Entertainment with an eccentric European style has always come easy for me. In the early 80's I was the Disc Jockey for most of the high school dances in Modesto. In the late 80's I found myself in Hollywood working as a dancer and sound engineer for various professional recording industries. In 1990 my wife of 25 years and I started (The Quake Mobile DJ ®) which was seeded from San Francisco's 1985, The Quake, radio station that only lasted a short while on the air. 26 years later The Quake Mobile DJ is bigger & better than ever in the Entertainment industry. Real-Estate, photojournalism, event promoter, saving animals, travel and fitness are a few other of my interests. I also enjoy motivational speaking to children and to those who are struggling with addiction. In my life, I have always been a very direct person and once I see a goal I won't quit till I've achieved it. But out of all of the above I feel in my heart that the best inspiration in my life is my wife and my love for the faith that I practice. Phil 4:20