Kevin and Danielle Trowbridge
Troy Delzer had just followed his wife Terri up three flights of stairs and down a hallway to their daughter’s apartment door. As Terri was unlocking the door she heard a thump and turned to find Troy lying on the floor, unconscious. He was not breathing, his heart was not beating. Terri began yelling for help and Kevin Trowbridge came running down the hall. Kevin called 911, instructed another person to administer CPR, and stayed on the line with the 911 dispatcher relaying instructions throughout the ordeal. Kevin and his wife Danielle acted with speed and courage while remaining calm until EMT and fire rescue personnel arrived. Terri believes Kevin and Danielle’s heroic act helped save Troy’s life.
Wayne Waller, 77, and his passenger, Mae Line, were traveling on Highway 2 north of Cloquet, MN, when Wayne lost consciousness and crashed his truck into some trees along the road. Three people stopped to help, pulling Wayne from one of the truck’s windows and beginning CPR. In the meantime, State Patrol Sgt. Scott Parker arrived and raced to his squad car to grab his automated external defibrillator. Using the AED, Scott shocked Wayne and continued CPR until paramedics arrived. The quick actions of Trooper Parker and the people who stopped to help, saved Wayne’s life.
Breanna Nehl and Alyssa Dollinger
Breanna Nehl and Alyssa Dollinger were lifeguards on duty at Hillside Aquatic Complex this past summer. As Breanna approached Alyssa to change lifeguarding stations, Alyssa was watching a young boy, and Alyssa questions, in her mind, his swimming ability. As they change positions at that lifeguarding station, Alyssa alerts Breanna to this. It became apparent that the boy needed assistance. Breanna followed safety protocols, jumped in, brought the boy to the pool deck, blew her whistle three times to signal an emergency and to alert her fellow lifeguards. The boy was unconscious. She administered two rescue breaths, started compressions and he responded. Other lifeguards on duty followed cleared the pool. A woman who happened to be at the pool came forward and identified herself as a first responder and assisted Breanna. Another lifeguard on duty called 911, and within minutes, an ambulance arrived and transported the boy to the hospital. He was released later that evening.
Joel Valadez took a CPR/AED/First Aid class in high school and was able to use the skills he learned to save his sister’s life. Joel’s mom, Nancy, awoke to her 17-year-old daughter suffocating. She was using her nebulizer machine but was unable to hold it and her lips were purple. Nancy called 911 but didn’t know what to do next. That’s when 15-year-old Joel put her on a flat surface, started talking to her to see if she could talk back and began doing chest compressions. Nancy says “If it wasn’t for him, my daughter wouldn’t be here today.”
Ryan T. Nelson
Matt Heisler was home alone when a fire started. His roommate, Ryan Nelson, arrived at the home and saw heavy smoke through the window. He ran to the back of the house and broke Matt’s bedroom window to enter the house. When he couldn’t find him he went back to the front door and entered again, searching for Matt through heavy smoke on his hands and knees, until he found him. Ryan carried Matt out and performed CPR until his friend’s heart started beating again. Matt’s heart stopped again once the two arrived at the Grand Forks hospital where Heisler was then flown to a hospital in Minneapolis. Matt did not survive but his family is grateful they had the chance to say good bye and fulfill Matt’s wish to help others through organ donation.
Leland Olds Station First Response Team
Jerry Sorenson was at the Leland Olds Station to deliver fuel oil when he stumbled back, hit his head, became unconscious and was not breathing. Three members of the First Response Team assessed Jerry who quickly became a high-priority patient – he was bleeding from his mouth and head and had no pulse. Others from the First Response Team arrived bringing an AED and medical supplies. One team member provided rescue breaths while another started chest compressions. The team prepped Jerry for a shock administered by an AED. An oral airway was inserted and additional team members stepped in to continue chest compressions and take over rescue breathing. Jerry was fitted with a c-collar and placed onto a back board prior to transportation to the hospital. The team was told he survived and the outlook was promising.
The Leland Olds Station First Response Team includes
• Bryce Harring
• Amanda Huntimer
• Todd Isaak
• Tracy Johnson
• Kasey Lesmann
• James Porter
• Davin Renner
• Jake Schmidt
• Kris Schmidt
• Murray Snyder