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Community - August 14, 2013

Ride home turns into rescue

A life may have been saved on Sunday, July 21, after a cycling incident outside the Horse Park at Woodside, the equestrian facility at the corner of Sand Hill and Whiskey Hill roads.

Horse Park General Manager Larry Gimple said he received a phone call from one of his staff at about 1:30 p.m. about a cyclist lying on the side of Sand Hill Road nearby.

Mr. Gimple drove out in his pickup truck and found Palo Alto cyclist Stuart Berman off his bike and in discomfort. Mr. Berman, who said he had been feeling chest pains after a 35-mile ride, was alternately sitting and lying down.

Mr. Gimple offered Mr. Berman a ride home, but they decided mid-way to head to Stanford Hospital instead. Medics told Mr. Berman, 61, that he was having a heart attack. After a stay of two days and a stent now in an artery, he is out and back on his bike, he said.

Mr. Gimple was rewarded with a bottle of Mr. Berman's best wine, and good feelings. "I was very grateful to know that the Horse Park played an important part in Stuart Berman's life that day and that even the smallest of gestures can result in larger outcomes!" Mr. Gimple said in an email.

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