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Off-duty Cop Saves Woman at Supermarket

Posted by cocreator on January 10, 2014
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A West Des Moines woman’s family said she wouldn’t be alive today if it wasn’t for an off-duty police officer.

Terry Martindale was 400 miles out of town when he got a phone call from his wife explaining that her mother collapsed of a heart attack while grocery shopping inside a Wes Des Moines Hy-Vee.

Cheryl Burgess, 56, did not have a pulse, and doctors believe she was dead for five minutes.

“I couldn’t be there and I felt so helpless,” Martindale said. “I screamed up to God and asked Him for his help.”

It happened so fast no one knew exactly what to do. That’s when off-duty West Des Moines Police Officer Blaine Brinkmeyer rushed over and performed CPR to revive Burgess before medics arrived.

“It was really overwhelming because when she was being carted out, it was like, ‘OK, I did what I’m supposed to do here,” Brinkmeyer said.

Terry Martindale got to thank Brinkmeyer in person on Wednesday.

“There is no way to explain it in words how grateful I am to that man or to all the men that do the job that they do,” Martindale said.

The story is very personal to Brinkmeyer. His father died of a heart attack 10 years earlier, and was nearly the same age as Burgess when he died.

“You can do what you can to give someone a little bit more time because I would love to have a little bit more time with my dad,” Brinkmeyer said.

Burgess had to spend a few days in an intensive care unit, but was now doing well Wednesday. She plans to thank Brinkmeyer in person soon.

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Cops Save Man in Checkout Line

Posted by cocreator on January 07, 2012
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Three police officers in South Beloit are being honored for going above and beyond their call of duty.

Officers Stephanie Ruzka, Daniel Zintec, and James Sanders were on duty at the Fly and Jay Truck Stop when Benjamin Patrick collapsed waiting in the check out line.

The three officers performed CPR and used a defibrillator to revive Patrick.

Although the three officers are humbled to be honored, they say they were just doing their jobs.

Patrick is alive and well and will be undergoing heart testing and possibly surgery.

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Store Staff Saves Diner

Posted by cocreator on March 07, 2011
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Keith Kelly was about 10 minutes into his first shift as an employee in the kitchen at Hy-Vee Food Store in Fremont when he noticed that something wasn’t quite right.

Keith Kelly the Saviour

Kelly had just returned from emptying the trash Monday afternoon when he saw an 87-year-old man sitting in the dining area.

“His color looked really bad and he just didn’t look good,” Kelly said. “It was one of those things that just catches your attention.”

So Kelly jumped into action.

After the man started vomiting, Kelly picked him up and laid the man on the floor, turning him over onto his side so he wouldn’t aspirate.

“All of a sudden he just went south,” Kelly said.

Kelly and others checked the man, but found that he had no pulse and wasn’t breathing.

“I automatically ripped open his shirt and began CPR,” Kelly said.

Kelly’s actions are being credited with helping save the man’s life.

John Reiger of Cedar Bluffs was eating at Hy-Vee when the events began to unfold.

“All I saw was this guy (Kelly) come out of the kitchen and he just took over,” Reiger said. “It was almost like he didn’t think about what he was doing. He just did it.

“This is stuff you see on TV. You don’t see it in real life.”

Reiger said he was expecting the worst until Kelly began performing CPR.

“I witnessed somebody going from dead to alive,” Reiger said. “It amazed me. This man saved a life.”

Members of the Fremont Fire Department arrived at Hy-Vee and took the elderly man, who was in cardiac arrest, to Fremont Area Medical Center.

Capt. Todd Bernt said by the time they left Hy-Vee, the man was up and talking to the rescue personnel.

Bernt said Kelly’s actions likely played a large role in that.

“Early CPR gets blood flowing to the vital organs, to the brain and the heart, and keeps oxygen flowing,” Bernt said. “Early CPR is vital to survive cardiac arrest.”

Kelly doesn’t consider his actions heroic, but feels fortunate to have been working at the time.

“It’s like being in the right place at the right time,” he said. “It’s like I was supposed to be there. … The outcome could have been different, but all I can say is I just thank God that I was here.”

Kelly also is thankful that he has been trained to perform CPR. He was certified as an emergency medical technician in the mid-1980s in Omaha and has continued to become certified in CPR every two years even though he never expected to have to put the training to use.

“If I didn’t have the training, I wouldn’t have known what to do,” Kelly said.

After witnessing Monday’s events, Reiger said he has been motivated to become trained in CPR.

“To see this, to witness this, was a life-changing experience for me,” Reiger said.

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Teen Scout Save Shopper at Mall

Posted by cocreator on November 30, 2010
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The malls were filled with holiday shoppers on Black Friday, including someone who was a lifesaver for one lucky shopper.


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17-year-old Sarah Suchower was at Bellevue Square with her aunt Friday when a man collapsed outside Nordstrom and the medical scout raced into action.

“Security started coming up and we yelled for an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and one was brought over. After doing a series of compressions we realized he still didn’t have a pulse so we hooked up the AED and it shocked him once and we continued to do compressions and that was when the EMTs got there,” says Suchower.

The man was hospitalized but is said to be recovering thanks to the 17-year-old Bonney Lake High junior who wants to be a doctor one day.

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Cops Save Elderly Man in Spa

Posted by cocreator on July 07, 2009
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Officer Robert Kurisko and Officer Seth Richter were initially called to Diane’s Spa on Route 28 in West Dennis village for a report of a man suffering chest pains.

When they arrived, however, the man was in full cardiac arrest, according to Dennis Police Sergeant Peter Dimatteo.

The two police officers began CPR and used an Automated External Defibrillator to administer a shock.

Following the shock the victim opened his eyes and was responsive to the officers.

The victim was then transported to Cape Cod Hospital by an ambulance from the Dennis Fire Department for further treatment and evaluation.

Dimatteo credited the quick work of the officers and the availability of an AED for the successful outcome of the case.

All Dennis patrol vehicles are equipped with an AED through a cooperative effort with the Dennis Fire Department.

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