UNM Employees Protect the Pack

August 16, 2019 - Dorene DiNaro

SUB Employees Pitch in to Render Lifesaving Aid

Jalen_ChrisThe Student Union Building—a gathering place for students to come recharge, eat, and relax—was quite a different place one day last week when an emergency situation arose. 

Jalen Williams (pictured L), a member of the UNM ROTC and student building manager; and Chris Kienzel (pictured R), retail director for Chartwells, were working at the SUB when they discovered a man collapsed on the floor in one of the men’s restrooms.  The pair didn’t waste any time rendering aid—Kienzel administering CPR, Williams retrieving and applying the SUB’s Automated External Defibrillator (AED)—while Dennis Armijo, SUB Facilities Manager called 911.

“Without question, both of these two stepped in and took the initiative to save the man’s life,” Armijo says.  “They both stayed with him until UNM PD arrived and took over.  The response time from UNM PD and Albuquerque Fire Rescue was outstanding.”

Armijo says that many members of the SUB pitched in to keep the situation under control and help things run smoothly.  “The other building manager, Victoria Rivera, as well as other UNM Food and SUB employees chipped in to close the area off to give first responders the space they needed and flagged down the ambulance upon arrival.”  Armijo says. 

“I am proud of everyone involved and very glad that the SUB has this lifesaving equipment,” says Dr. Walt Miller, UNM Associate Vice President for Student Life.  “If it weren’t for Williams and Kienzel, and all the SUB staff involved, the man may have suffered a very different fate.”

Last check, the man was recovering at the University of New Mexico Hospital.  Armijo encourages UNM departments and employees to take advantage of the many trainings available from the SUB in partnership with the UNM Emergency Management department.  For more information, please contact Dennis Armijo at 505.277.0839.