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Family thankful for 10-year-old’s quick action

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An Auburn area family has as special reason to be thankful this Thanksgiving. Earlier this month, 10-year-old Taylor Starks spent the night at her 80-year-old grandmother’s Foresthill home. Taylor’s grandmother, Carol Vinson, was helping her granddaughter with a school report on Ponce de Leon. The next morning, Vinson started to have neck, back and chest pains. Vinson told Taylor not to worry, but the fifth-grade Auburn Elementary School student called her parents and then 911, according to her father, Auburn defense attorney Dean Starks. An engine from the Foresthill Fire District responded along with an ambulance and quickly helped Vinson, who was having a heart attack. Lt. Mark Hendershott said he and other emergency responders, including paramedic/firefighter Keith Hernandez, Lt. Matt Johnson and a Cal Fire engine, administered medical aid and then took Vinson to an area hospital. Hendershott said the quick 911 call “absolutely” helped. “Time was definitely a factor,” Hendershott said. “A couple of things that helped was the family calling 911 and also the fact that we had a second paramedic on duty that day.” Starks said he is proud of his daughter’s response. “Our family will have a true Thanksgiving thanks to Taylor’s heroic action taken during an episode filled with fear and anxiety,” Starks said. “Thanks as well, to the fine emergency and medical personnel who together saved Nana.” ~ Jenifer Gee