Ariel works for CHI Friendship in Fargo. She works to support adults with intellectual disabilities. In May of 2022, Ariel was attending a bowling party with several people with disabilities and other staff members. Ariel was informed of a gentleman nearby who had begun actively choking. Ariel immediately responded by approaching and performing abdominal thrusts as part of her CRP/First Aid training. After multiple thrusts, she was able to dislodge the food and the man was able to breathe again.
Leighton Sys and Cyrus Mueller
In February of 2022, Leighton Sys and Cyrus Mueller were making the rounds at the East Grand Forks factory of American Crystal Sugar around 10:30 pm. The two men found another person wandering in the area with no hat or gloves. This person was disoriented and hypothermic, and he was in distress, bent over and vomiting. The man was showing signs of frostbite on his fingers and could barely speak. Recognizing the urgent nature of the situation, Leighton and Cyrus helped the person into their pickup and called their supervisor who then called 911. They discovered the man had been outside in negative 43-degree weather for at least 4 hours. They were able to get the man to an ambulance so he could get to a hospital. After getting a phone number for the man’s sister, they were able to inform her of what happened.
In January of 2022, Brent Seaks was playing old-pro basketball at the West River Community Center in Dickinson. Very early in the game Seaks felt dizzy and took a seat on the bench near a teammate. Luckily, teammates noticed Seaks begin to slump over and called for help while moving him safely to the ground. Within a few seconds, a seizure took hold and Seaks went into full cardiac arrest. Dickinson Fire Department Captain Dusty Grosulak had just finished a game of volleyball when he was asked to help. Another firefighter and a doctor had already started CPR; however, no pulse was located. Grosulak began to administer breaths. An AED was used along with four rounds of CPR…nearly five minutes ticked by, and another AED shock was used in a last-ditch effort to resuscitate him. During the sixth cycle, Seaks came back. Bismarck doctors called it a medical miracle that Seaks survived. Doctors determined from an angiogram that Seaks had actually died in the incident but was resuscitated using lifesaving efforts from those rendering immediate aid.
Lindsey Renken, Lindsey Dockter, Megan VanSon and Kyrah Duttenhefer
In January of 2022, Lindsey, Lindsey, Megan, and Kyrah were all traveling back to Bismarck-Mandan westbound on I-94. Just before Tower City, the girls who were traveling in multiple vehicles came upon a serious accident. The four women were able to render immediate First Aid on the scene, assisting the family involved. Kyrah rushed into action at the scene without hesitation and was a true leader in directing people as to where and how they could help. She kept calm in a tough situation. It took about 40 minutes for Fargo ambulances to arrive, however, a doctor who had been passing the accident stopped to help, as well as Bismarck Metro Ambulance. It was a group effort to respond. A loving mother and wife, Kelli, was lost that day. Her husband Tim, and their daughters are all here with us today.
Will Carr was traveling off duty and was a witness to a vehicle slamming into a concrete median on I-35 in Minnesota. The vehicle ended up getting hung up on the barrier, and the tires remained spinning as if the gas was still pressed. Will pulled over and quickly assessed the driver was having a seizure. Will, along with another bystander, was able to smash a window and eventually shut the vehicle off. Will worked to communicate with the driver of the vehicle after he came out of the seizure as they waited for medical personnel to arrive while also remaining on the phone with 911.
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