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15 St. Paul Police Officers Recognized with Life Saving Awards

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Uploaded on Aug 18, 2011

On July 18, 2010, Officers Susan Hartnett and Christopher Hoyt responded to a baby not breathing call. When they arrived they found that a ten-month old baby appeared to be having some type of seizure, and had stopped breathing. Officers Hartnett and Hoyt opened the child's airway and provided care until medics arrived.

On August 21, 2010, Officers Nicholas Schafer and Philip Mohs responded to a suicide in progress. A person had overdosed on his medications and was straddling the window ledge of his 16th floor apartment when officers arrived. The officers gradually moved closer to the person while constantly talking to him. Once the man realized how close the officers were, he lunged out the window. The officers were able to grab him and bring him back into the room. Even after being handcuffed, the man again tried to jump out the window but officers were once again able to stop him.

On January 24, 2011, Officer Francisco Ortiz, Todd Tessmer, Joseph Bilek and Brian Casey responded to a call to check the welfare of a man. They found a distraught man on the Edgerton Bridge over Phalen Boulevard. He had climbed over a railing and was pacing back and forth on snowy ledge. The officers talked to the man for almost 90 minutes were finally able to convince him to climb back over the railing to safety.

On February 23, 2011, Officer Seth Snedden, Joshua Lynaugh and Christopher McGuire responded to a suicide in progress call. A man answered the door and told officers that no one else was inside. As officers made their way into the residence the man tried to stop them and became combative. While searching the house officers found a locked bathroom door. While standing at the door the officers heard a crash, then forced open the door and found a man hanging off the ground from a sheet that had been tied around some pipes. He was blue and kicking his legs. Officers lifted the victim and cut the sheet from the pipe.

On February 24, 2011, Officer Krystel Karels responded to a call on a possible overdose. Upon arrival, she found a man lying on a bed-he was unresponsive and did not have a pulse. Officer Karels called for medics to respond, then began chest compressions. After about a minute the man began moving and breathing.

On April 3, 2011, Officer Shawn Longen, Len Wall and Adam Bravo responded to a suicide in progress in which a woman was attempting to jump from the Wabasha Street Bridge. Officers Longen and Wall arrived and found Officer Bravo holding onto the woman's waist, and two citizens holding her arms dangled in the air, over the river. Officers Longen and Wall also grabbed hold of the woman as she continued to struggle. All five people held onto her until medics arrived and she could be pulled to safety.

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