Deputies and first responders to be awarded for saving man’s life
Two Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be honored with Life Saving Medals on Friday after helping to save a man’s life following a heart attack on Sept. 20. In addition, first responders from Summit Fire & EMS, Keystone Emergency Services, Summit County Ambulance, the Keystone Grounds Crew and an off duty paramedic will each be awarded a Sheriff’s Commendation for their combined efforts to save the man.
On Sept. 20 deputy Mariah Kroschel was flagged down by members of the Keystone Grounds Crew on Highway 6, near Landfill Road. They came into contact with a man who appeared to have had a heart attack, and was unconscious and not breathing inside of a vehicle. Kroschel began performing CPR on the man. Upon arriving on scene, deputy Ryan Hosier took over CPR allowing Kroschel to defibrillate the man, after which he regained consciousness.
Medical personnel responded soon after and transported the man to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center where he was evaluated, and subsequently transported to a hospital in Denver via Flight for Life. It was later confirmed that the man suffered a heart attack, and that the efforts of deputies on scene saved his life. Both Kroschel and Hosier will receive the Life Saving Medal.
“It is my great pleasure to honor these two deputies and first responders in our organization who give their all every day in serving and protecting our community,” said Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons. “These deputies used the skills they received in training and immediately began working to save a life. I am so very proud of deputies Kroschel and Hosier for their life saving actions.”
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office Life Saving Medal is awarded to individuals who perform life saving actions in situations that might have otherwise resulted in the death of a person. An employee or citizen is awarded the Sheriff’s Commendation for maintaining composure when confronted with a volatile situation, and perform well in accordance with acceptable standards of conduct; or for an act of selfless conduct during a time of crisis or emergency.
The awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 26 at noon at the Summit Fire & EMS Station 8 in Dillon.
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