Veteran who died waiting for ambulance identified

Created: 07/08/2014 7:37 AM
By: RUSSELL CONTRERAS, The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A veteran who died in the Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria while waiting for an ambulance to take him 500 yards to the emergency room has been identified as a 71-year-old Vietnam veteran.
The family of Jim Napoleon Garcia confirmed his death Monday but declined to comment further.
Hospital officials said it took 15 to 20 minutes for an ambulance to be dispatched and take Garcia from one building to the other, which is about a five minute walk.
VA spokeswoman Sonja Brown says Kirtland Air Force Medical Group personnel performed CPR until the ambulance arrived.
She says staff followed policy in calling 911 when the man collapsed last week. She says that policy is under review.
Garcia's wife, Carol, says the couple moved to Albuquerque in 1994 from North Hollywood, California.

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