Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 11:10am

Cleofus “Felix” Gonzalez was sure he’d “have no words” sufficient to express his gratitude to a hospital worker who found him clutching his chest in the rose garden outside Community Regional Medical Center on Sept. 16.

But when the rescuer peeked into Gonzalez’ hospital room a day later, grateful tears started flowing and words poured out: “I thought I was going to die. Thank you is not enough … I was afraid I was going to die right there.”

Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 11:20am

Melvin Bell’s life nearly came to an end when he and two friends got in a car accident in Chowchilla. The car they were in ran a stop sign, hit a truck and caught fire, killing Melvin’s two friends. Melvin was pulled from the wreckage and airlifted to Community Regional Medical Center, where emergency crews fought to keep his vitals and badly burned body stable.

Back in Chowchilla, Teresa Bizzell, Melvin’s mother, was waiting for her 17-year-old son to arrive home around 4 p.m.

Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 11:22am

Fernando and Olga Gonzalez were on their way to Community Regional Medical Center from Kerman to deliver their baby when Olga’s contractions started getting stronger and time was running short. The couple couldn’t make it to the hospital in time.

Fresno Police officer Amada Galaviz was flagged down by Fernando in a panic. Just a few minutes after stopping, Galaviz helped deliver the baby from the couple’s car on Sept. 16 on the southeast corner of Tuolumne and E streets in Fresno.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009 - 11:23am

With 47 years of nursing experience, Gloria Fitzgerald was inducted into the 2009 Central San Joaquin Valley Nursing Hall of Fame and honored at an awards ceremony on Sept. 16 at the Smittcamp Alumni House at Fresno State.

“I hope I’ve made a difference somewhere for someone,” said Fitzgerald, a registered nurse at Community Health Center-Sierra. “Obviously I have.”

Thursday, September 10, 2009 - 11:29am

Snuggled in her mother’s arms, Avah Ellize Becker was dressed to the nines shortly after she came into the world at 9:09 a.m., on 09/09/09.

Both mom and dad were surprised when they reflected on her “nine-ish” entry, and said when Avah received a 9 and 9 APGAR score they were elated. The APGAR tests are given within one minute and five minutes of birth to gauge the baby’s condition and find out if there are any physical conditions requiring treatment.