Hulett acted as spokesman. He said:
The City of Lincoln Police and Fire Departments are
recognizing three members of the police and fire departments for
their life saving efforts of a Lincoln resident on July 8, 2008.
A Lincoln resident suffered sudden cardiac arrest
outside during a severe lightning storm with high wind conditions.
The patient had no pulse, and was not breathing when first
responders initially found the patient lying in a puddle of water.
Several hundred occupants had just been evacuated from a circus tent
at the Logan County Fairgrounds. CPR was performed immediately by
Police Corporal Robert Sherren, and off-duty Lincoln Fire
personnel-Assistant Chief Mark Miller, and Inspector Chris Harding.
An unidentified female bystander also assisted first responder
Due to the immediate response and proper treatment
of this resident during adverse weather conditions, this resident
was resuscitated with breathing and heartbeat restored prior to the
arrival of the Logan County Paramedics, and on duty Lincoln City
Firefighter-Emergency Medical Technicians.
This resident is alive and well today with not only the intervention
of these three individuals, but was truly a team effort including
the following individuals and agencies.
Fulscher, Logan County EMA and 911 Director
Terry Storer, Logan County Deputy EMA Director
Mann, Logan County E-911 Supervisor
Debbie Kimberlin, Logan County E-911 Assistant Supervisor
Washam, Logan County E-911 Dispatcher
Paramedic Robert Kelly, Logan County Paramedic Association
Paramedic Jeremy Barrow, Logan County Paramedic Association
Lieutenant Ken Ebelherr, Lincoln Fire Department
Inspector Tim Aper, Lincoln Fire Department
Officer Clint Wombles, Lincoln Police Department
Abraham Lincoln Memorial
Hospital, Mr. David Miller R.N. emergency room
(Text copied from
scan of news release issued by Lincoln Fire Department Chief Kent
Hulett, Sept. 2)
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He reiterated, "This was truly a team effort." Starting with the
foresight of the EMA directors,
Fulscher and Storer, who were
prepared for severe weather and were on scene at the fairgrounds to
coordinate the evacuation of several hundred people that night. "I'm
convinced that if they hadn't done that, there would have been more
serious injuries than the individual that suffered a cardiac arrest
that night," Hulett said.
The Logan County EMA had brought the mobile command unit, which
proved needed. A lightning strike at the public safety complex
caused a total failure of the communication system.
The mobile unit and the 911 dispatch provided communications to
the paramedics and firefighters responding. They were able to plan
for advanced life support for the cardiac victim.
It was through the efforts of these many professionals that the
victim was resuscitated, stabilized and transported, and is alive
today, the chief said. The victim was present and asked to come
forward, "The most important person in this room tonight is Mr.
Craig," Hulett said. "I'm so glad to see you."
Mayor Beth Davis-Kavelman said: "Our firefighters and police
officers go out every day, and they don't know what is going to
happen when they go out on a call. They just know when it's
spectacular like this, it's very rewarding." And she thanked
Lincoln Fire Department news release]