Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dakota County EMS Advisory Council recognizes first responders

During National Emergency Medical Services Week each May, the EMS Advisory Council honors first responders, providers and others who have made exceptional contributions to emergency services.

In addition, Dakota County commissioners declared May 15-21 as EMS Week in Dakota County.

Five people were recognized recently by the Dakota County Advisory Council for their outstanding response during two medical emergencies.

HealthEast paramedics Joseph Baker and Anthony Bigelbach were honored for treating a child who suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a vehicle. The paramedics stabilized the boy and transported him to Regions Trauma Center. Thanks to their actions under pressure, along with the work of medical staff, the boy is expected to fully recover.

Patrons at a restaurant were also recognized for helping a person who was found unconscious and not breathing. Maggey Carlson, Patricia Simond and Amanda Odegaard realized the customer was in cardiac arrest and quickly began performing CPR. The women, who are CPR trained, continued assisting police as they administered oxygen and used a defibrillator. The customer regained consciousness by the time medics arrived and was released from the hospital days later.

The EMS Advisory Council consists of representatives from the eight ambulance providers in the county, along with hospital, police, fire and emergency management. The council helps assure prompt, quality, skillful and coordinated emergency medical services to the residents of Dakota County.

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