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Prescott police officer helps save life

PRESCOTT -- Thanks to the generosity of the Prescott Foundation, and with the cooperation of the Prescott Emergency Medical Services, the Prescott Police Department had its second patrol car equipped with an Automated External Defibrillator to aid possible heart attack victims.

On July 20, that AED was used for the first time and it helped save a life.

At approximately 10:14 a.m., Officer C. George Toman was dispatched to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in response to a report of an unconscious person. When Officer Toman arrived at the church less than three minutes later, he found the victim, a 73-year-old woman from Solon Springs, unconscious. She had shallow breathing and a very weak pulse.

Toman had the AED with him. As he had been trained, Toman immediately applied the device in order to allow it to monitor the victim's heart. The AED was properly deployed and performed exactly as it was programmed. Had the victim's heart stopped beating, an electronic shock would have been delivered to revive her.

When Prescott EMS arrived a few minutes later, the patient's heartbeat was stronger and her breathing less labored. She was transported to a local hospital for further assessment and treatment.

"I commend you for a textbook response to this medical emergency," Acting Prescott Chief of Police Mike R. Bondarenko said in a letter of commendation to Toman. "You did an outstanding job in assessing the patient in a true life and death situation. Your response was in keeping with the finest traditions of law enforcement emergency response and this department."

Bondarenko also wrote a letter to the Prescott Foundation, thanking them for their generosity. "... This lifesaving act may not have been possible had it not been for the generosity of the foundation. Thank you very, very much."

Toman has been a police officer for 18 years. He has been with the Prescott Police Department since October of 2003.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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