Lincoln Police Chief Stuart Erlenbush said that on Aug. 4 Officer
Christy Geriets received a call that there was an unresponsive
citizen who was not breathing. Lincoln Rural Fire Department was
also called. Geriets was the first person on the scene. When she got
there, the man, who was in his mid-20s, was not breathing and did
not have a pulse. She began CPR and continued to do so until
paramedics arrived to take over.
The paramedics said that she restored the man's breathing and
pulse. They were able to stabilize him and transport him to Abraham
Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The man survived.
Erlenbush said, "Your actions were both heroic and commendable,
and reflect highly on the Lincoln Police Department."
He then awarded Geriets a medal and ribbon to be displayed on her
uniform in recognition of saving a life.
Mayor Beth Kavelman-Davis added her congratulations, saying, "You
make the department proud."
Geriets has been with the Lincoln Police Department seven years.
She serves as a patrolman and, along with Sgt. Ken Greenslate, also
serves as a D.A.R.E. officer.
She is married to Sgt. Mike Geriets, also with the Lincoln Police
Department, and is a mom and stepmom to four children.
[By JAN YOUNGQUIST]