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Kyle Santheson

Kyle Santheson is retired from a career with the Coast Guard. He has dedicated his retirement to serving his community as Volunteer Firefighter and EMT in Waldoboro, ME. He also volunteers as the town’s Emergency Director and coaches high school softball. Kyle’s spare time is spent on his true passion, photography. He doesn’t claim to be a skilled photographer, but he calls photography a driving force in his life.

In September 2018, Kyle signed up for a weeklong portrait photography class. On the last day of class, Kyle went into cardiac arrest. His peers performed CPR right away, followed by a rush to Pen Bay Medical Center and an airlift to Maine Medical Center. Five days and one internal defibrillator later, he was back at home in recovery. And now, one year later, and Kyle has not experienced any issues.

Kyle has saved many people’s lives over the years as an EMT and also spent a lot of time working with his town on emergency preparedness. Kyle believes that what happened to him is a strong example of what happens when all the parts in the system work. He explained “As a first responder, it’s a little humbling being on the other end of life saving medical care.” Kyle felt supported by the coordinated care he received from the first responders, the staff at Pen Bay Medical Center and at Maine Medical Center.

Today, Kyle still gives back to his community as a volunteer firefighter. He has a new appreciation for life and spends a lot of time capturing it on camera.

Pen Bay Medical Center

Pen Bay Medical Center is a not-for-profit, Top Rural, Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score Graded and the largest community hospital in Midcoast Maine.

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