Victor Hoffer

Falck Northwest
Salem, OR

Victor Hoffer has been a steadfast presence in the EMS community since 1980, serving with Falck Northwest Ambulance in Salem, Oregon. With over 40 years of experience as a Nationally Registered Paramedic, he has consistently demonstrated proficiency and dedication. In addition to his EMS duties, Victor contributes to road safety as the Chair of the Oregon Transportation Safety Committee, a gubernatorial appointment. He also volunteers as a Captain Paramedic-Firefighter with Mt. Angel Fire.

A recent event underscored Victor’s capability and resilience. Alongside his partner, Carol, they responded to a harrowing call involving a 9-year-old girl found unconscious and pulseless in a bathtub. Carol commenced CPR compressions while Victor swiftly established an advanced airway. The persistent PEA was a challenge they faced for over 45 minutes, administering advanced cardiac care with unwavering focus. By the time they reached Salem Hospital Emergency Department, the girl’s temperature was a concerning 75 degrees Fahrenheit. However, through a combination of their initial interventions and the hospital’s subsequent treatments, including rewarming and the application of Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), the young patient began her path to recovery.

This incident illustrates the importance of experience, team collaboration, and decisive action in EMS. Both Victor and Carol played integral roles as links in the chain of survival. 

Falck is honored to recognize Victor Hoffer as a 2023 Star of Life.

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