Rancho Valencia Resort

Selfless BrightView Team Member Praised for Saving Teammates Life

Team member saves life at The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Jul 06, 2021 |

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Kenneth York, BrightView Enhancement Manager, praised for saving teammates life

Being in the right place at the right time can be the difference between life and death. In the case of Kenneth York, BrightView Enhancement Manager, being at the Rancho Valencia Resort at the right time helped him save his fellow teammates life.

The Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, chosen by Forbes Travel Guide as one of the finest Five-Star hotels and spas in the world (2020), sits roughly 25 miles north of downtown San Diego. The stunning property is tucked away on 45 acres of Mediterranean-inspired gardens and olive groves. BrightView proudly maintains this beautiful resort.

On May 12, crews from BrightView were working to complete a large landscape renovation on the resort property. Terry Mahoney, Branch Manager, and York were holding a meeting on the property with Dan Whitman, Crew Leader, to discuss the next phase of this massive project. The team was alerted by fellow crew member, Juan Esparza, that someone from their team, Juan Charles, had fallen. After taking a closer look, the team noticed that Charles was not breathing and in full cardiac arrest. Without hesitation, York started CPR.

York continued performing CPR for more than 10 minutes while talking with 9-1-1 dispatchers.  Fire department medics arrived and provided emergency care.  

“Kenny is a valuable member to the BrightView team who confidently stepped in when his own crew member was in dire need of help,” said Terry Mahoney, Branch Manager, Southwest. “When speaking with the paramedics later that afternoon, they informed me that the only reason Charles is alive is due to Kenny’s quick reactions.”

Charles continues to make impressive steps in his recovery, thanks in part to Kenny’s help.

The Rancho Valencia Resort management staff praised BrightView and York for his reaction and composure during this frightening event. BrightView has honored Kenny with the “BrightView Life Saving Award” in recognition of his selfless and courageous act.

“If Kenny had not shown his bravery, quick actions, and knowledge of CPR, the story would have ended much differently,” said David Howell, Vice President/General Manager. “I am inspired by Kenny’s remarkable efforts and am proud to have him on our team.”

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