employees receive recognition from American Heart Association
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[March 03, 2009]
Yesterday afternoon, two ALMH
employees, Karen Hobler and Deb Ramlow, were honored by the American
Heart Association. The two, along with Lincolnites Ann Olson and
Scott Ritchhart, were instrumental in saving the life of basketball
referee Gary Gustafson on Dec. 30.
The group sprang into action when, during a game, Gustafson went
down with a heart attack.
Administering CPR while 911 was called,
they continued CPR until help arrived with an automated external
defibrillator that the school was equipped with.
Gustafson was revived and went back to work in St. Louis
yesterday, the very
day the two ALMH employees received their recognition.
Kate Cohorst, communications director for the American Heart
Association, said that the quick, trained work of the Lincolnites
was instrumental in saving Gustafson's life.
Cohorst went on to say how important CPR training can be in
saving lives and remarked how just two months after his heart
stopped, Gustafson is back to work.
Both Ramlow and Hobler said they knew immediately that Gustafson
was in trouble just by the way he fell to the court and the color of
his skin. Ramlow, who was seated nearest the floor, was on the scene
in seconds, with Hobler coming over from the other side of the gym
floor right after.
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Both said that the requirement that all schools have an AED on hand
was proven as an important health policy, as a shock to Gustafson
restarted his heart.
Cohorst mentioned that although Gustafson couldn't be in Lincoln,
he did want to again extend his thanks to the women. He ended his
conversation with Cohorst by telling her to tell the avid LCHS
basketball fans, "Go, Railers."
Association; ALMH; LDN staff]
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