Yesterday, Wednesday at approximately 12:45 in the afternoon, the mayor of Playas de Rosarito, Javier Robles Aguirre, was at a function in Rosarito. Also attending was José María Acosta Vázquez, 72-years old, who was the president of Club de la Alegría “Rayito del Sol” (Sunbeam Club). Acosta Vázquez suffered a heart attack at the event and died.
Red Cross paramedics were also at the event. Mayor Aquirre asked the paramedics to attend to Acosta Vázquez, saying, “A man is dying. Please, I am the mayor and I am begging you to come help.” The paramedics refused to help.
Later Mayor Aguirre described what occurred as, “an act of disinterest on the part of the Red Cross personnel,” and identified the paramedic as Ignacio Echeagaray Ríos, who is the hospital coordinator. In response, Ríos said, “You are not going to tell me what to do.”
|José María Acosta|
Update, June 3, 2010: A current news item reports that five people at the Rosarito Red Cross were terminated over the incident.