The evening of Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office presented several awards to individuals whom they believe made a life-saving difference to others in the community. Here are some excerpts of the evening’s presentation as they relate to our communities.
Recognizing an emergency or life-threating medical situation is obviously the beginning of the process for an emergency response. But calling 911 to activate the emergency response system or immediately rendering aid, such as CPR, bleeding control, are of the utmost importance. If not for people stepping up and activating that system, we wouldn’t have ceremonies like this here tonight. We do put emphasis on those that start this process, but every person and every step in the emergency response is just as important as the next. Failure by just one person to act, or act incorrectly, could have dire consequences for the victim. So tonight we want to recognize those people who stepped up to initiate the system, who provided medical care, along with our law enforcement and medical first responders who saved the lives of Scott Brandel, Elizabeth Lipinski, Alex Zobel, Alexander Pazahanick and Nicholas Arnes. If not for the quick response and actions of all of these heroes, the families of these survivors in this room tonight would have suffered some tragic losses.
I hear it all the time, I was just doing my job, or it was the right thing to do. Although accurate statements, the importance of these heroes being in the right place at the right time is beyond crucial.
For me, it’s Divine Interven-tion. Your creator gave you the courage and put you in a place, at a specific time, to save the life of another human being. For those in the profession, although you train for these situations, there are so many variables thrown at you to sort through when these situations arise. For the public who doesn’t have the general training that EMS has, it takes courage to recognize the situation and step up to help.These are traumatic events for people and not everyone is cut out for this; some people simply can’t handle the emergency in front of them, some people faint at the sight of blood. We are human and no two humans are the same, we all react differently. That is not meant to knock those who can’t follow through in these stressful situations; we have deputies and EMS personnel who freeze up at times when faced with these events. That is who we are, and that is ok because we know we have special people in this world that can handle these situations and will step up and make nights like tonight possible. No matter what your job is, no matter what you train for, no matter where you think you fit in in this world, it still takes courage and internal fortitude to step up when someone is in dire need because of a potentially fatal injury. Because these are traumatic events in people’s lives some victims and participants have respectfully declined to be present tonight. Tonight we will recognize and have both individual and team awards, both have the same significance and importance. Again without a team working together, we put victims in dire consequences. To our life saving award recipients tonight, from me personally as Sheriff and on behalf of the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to thank you and congratulate you on your outstanding efforts that saved a life, you are true heroes. A special thank you to Sergeant Jason Danielson for puttingthis all together tonight.
Our first set of awards will be presented to those directly responsible for saving the life of Elizabeth Lipinski.
“Could the following people please step forward: Elizabeth Lipinski, David Lipinski, Chief Ernie Junker, Deputy Ben Stock, Deputy Ernie Defries, Eden Valley Fire and Rescue members, and North Memorial Air Care members.
“On June 20, 2019, at 12:18 p.m. David and Elizabeth Lipinski were on their family farm in Manannah township out working on their grain bin when Elizabeth’s leg got caught in the auger. David immediately called 911 to activate the emergency response system. A short while later Eden Valley Police Chief Ernie Junker arrived and helped direct responding units including getting air care enroute. Meeker County Sheriff Deputies Ernie Defries and Ben Stock, and Eden Valley Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and began to administer first aid to Elizabeth. They recognized Elizabeth had a large life threatening cut to her leg so a tourniquet was applied to stop the bleeding. Due to the weather Lifelink Helicopter was not able to take flight; however, North Memorial Air Care was able to take off because of their location. North Memorial Air Care arrived a short while later and brought Elizabeth to the hospital. We learned later from the doctor how significant applying the tourniquet was for saving Elizabeth’s life, leg and for her recovery. Many people have commented on how everything fell into place that day, again an example of the emergency response system working as it should. Because of the immediate and appropriate response by the first responders, Elizabeth is here tonight to see her husband and the first responders receive their life saving awards. At this time I would like to present awards to the following:
• North Memorial Air Care
• Eden Valley Fire and Rescue
• Meeker County Deputies Benjamin Stock and Ernie Defries
• Eden Valley Police Chief Ernie Junker
• David Lipinski
The final set of awards tonight will be presented to those directly responsible for saving the life of Nicholas Arens.
Would Linda Rozeske, Thomas Rozeske, and Mitch Thurber please step forward.
On Jan. 16, 2019, at 2:21 p.m. Nicholas Arens was driving his vehicle on 330th St. North of Kingston when he began to have a medical reaction. Nicholas went unconscious and his vehicle went into the ditch. The heat from his vehicle began to set the grass and cat tails on fire which in turn started his vehicle on fire. Linda and Thomas Rozeske were driving through the area and saw Nicholas unconscious in his vehicle in the ditch. They saw smoke coming from the vehicle and realized the vehicle was starting to catch fire. Linda and Thomas called 911 to activate the emergency response system and get Nicholas help. Mitch Thurber also happened to be in the area and also saw Nicholas unconscious in his vehicle. Mitch also saw the vehicle was catching fire. Realizing Nicholas was unable to get out of the vehicle, Mitch put his own life in danger to get Nicholas out of the vehicle. Mitch broke out a window of the vehicle and pulled Nicholas to safety until first responders were able to arrive. Because of the immediate and appropriate response by Linda Rozeske, Thomas Rozeske, and Mitch Thurber, Nicholas’ life was saved. At this time I would like to present awards to the following:
• Linda and Thomas Rozeske
• Mitch Thurber
Congratulations, and thank you to all those who were in a position to help and did.