UW-Parkside police officers save lives
"Thank you for saving my life..."
Most of us will never receive a letter that starts like this. But during May 2011, University of Wisconsin-Parkside police officers were called on to administer life saving assistance not once but twice. An officer involved in both incidents will soon be honored for his actions.
Early in the month, Officer John Garner was driving home following his shift and saw a person's arm hanging out of the window of a vehicle parked on Highway A. He called the UW-Parkside Police and officer Tom Pie responded and found the car's occupant to be in need of immediate medical assistance. Officer Pie tended to the driver until paramedics arrived to transport the person to a local hospital. Pie received the thank you letter quoted above a few days later.
UW-Parkside Police Chief Jim Heller said Officer Garner was called on to save a life little more than a week later. During the university's spring commencement, an elderly woman sitting in the bleachers fell ill. A UW-Parkside police officer responded and requested an automated external defibrillator(AED) be brought to the scene.
"Officer Garner grabbed an AED from the hallway of Sports and Activity Center and ran to assist," Chief Heller said. "Shortly after arriving, the elderly lady went unresponsive with no pulse and was not breathing. Officer Garner, with the help of a physician in the audience, placed the woman on her back and connected her to the AED. The woman was still not breathing and had no pulse. Officer Garner then started CPR."
Heller said the woman was resuscitated and was then transported to a local hospital. She is expected to make a full recovery.For his quick action, Officer Garner will be presented with the UW-Parkside Police Department Life Saving Award during a ceremony on Tuesday, June 7.