PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) This week is National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week. The local ambulance service– American Medical Response–held a brief ceremony yesterday to present “Cardiac Save” pins to two Pierre Policemen and four AMR paramedics who helped a Pierre teen whose heart stopped earlier this year. 16-year-old Michael Gobert, Jr. suffered a cardiac arrest while at his home January 31. Gobert’s mother, Michelle Red Willow started CPR and she says the medical responders and policemen responded quickly and their actions helped save her son.
Red Willow had already had CPR training and says she recommends it for all–as having the skills can be a big help when least expected.
Gobert says he doesn’t remember much from the days before and after his medical emergency.
Gobert says the first responders that came to his aid that January morning saved his life. In February, he underwent surgery and received an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) which helps regulate his heart beat and will restart his heart if it stops. He has spent recent months recovering and returned to classes at Riggs High School. Gobert says his friends have been a great support network.
Yesterday, Gobert gave “Cardiac Save” pins to five of the six responders that came to his aid; Paul Green, Brad Hipple and Heath Harter of AMR and Sergeant Jason Jones and Officer Bret Sether of the Pierre Police Department. Kandace Kritz, Operations Supervisor for AMR says they started the program in January and there are certain qualifications that must be met before “Cardiac Save” pins are awarded.
Kritz advises CPR training for everyone and says AMR can offer classes for anyone interested.
Red Willow says her son’s family and friends are all planning to take CPR training soon. The “Cardiac Save” pins were awarded yesterday at the AMR station on East Sioux Avenue.
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