Local-based sailors save Navy veteran's life at San Diego Zoo

SAN DIEGO - Two local sailors became heroes while visiting the San Diego Zoo, local Navy officials announced Monday.

On Nov. 23, Ensign Janean Wujek and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Stephanie Moor -- both assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego -- noticed a 65-year-old man lying unconscious on the ground.

The women reacted and performed CPR and other life-saving procedures on the man, later identified as Navy veteran James Thompson.

"I'm at a loss for words. Their dedication to duty -- it's awesome. Coming to the aid of a complete stranger; I would just like to say thank you for their help," said Thompson, who was in town from Minnesota.

Thompson had a pacemaker implanted at Scripps Mercy Hospital and is on his way home.

San Diego Zoo representative Christina Simmons praised Moor and Wujek for their response to the situation.

"It is always an honor to have service members visit.  We are very grateful for the two that were at the zoo [Moor and Wujek] were able to be there in this family's time of need."

Wujek and Moor received a standing ovation during December's Director, Department Head and Senior Enlisted Leaders meeting.

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