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City honors officers for saving life

September 26, 2012
By Ilsa Matthes - staff writer (imatthes@dailypress.net) , Daily Press

GLADSTONE - Extra seats were needed at the Gladstone City Commission meeting Monday night for community members who came to honor Public Safety Officers Ronald Robinson and John Harris for saving a resident's life in August.

On Aug. 10, Robinson and Harris were sent to the home of Eugene O'Donnell, who had suffered a heart attack. When the officers arrived, O'Donnell was unconscious, not breathing, and had no pulse.

The officers administered CPR and used a defibrillator twice to shock O'Donnell. The shocks restored O'Donnell's heartbeat before Rampart EMS arrived to take him to OSF St. Francis Hospital.

"It really shows the caliber of people that we have here in our department that help provide our public safety services to the community," said Public Safety Director Paul Geyer.

In addition to certificates recognizing their service, Robinson and Harris were given special pins for their uniforms. "We have blue lifesaving pins that the officers wear when they've been involved in an incident where a life has been saved," said Geyer.

Robinson and Harris did more than just act in the line of duty. Both officers contacted O'Donnell and his family after the incident to see how they were doing.

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On Aug. 10, Robinson and Harris were sent to the home of Eugene O'Donnell, who had suffered a heart attack. When the officers arrived, O'Donnell was unconscious, not breathing, and had no pulse.

The officers administered CPR and used a defibrillator twice to shock O'Donnell. The shocks restored O'Donnell's heartbeat before Rampart EMS arrived to transport him to OSF St. Francis Hospital.

"I'd just like to go up and shake hands with the two men," said O'Donnell, who attended the meeting with his family.

O'Donnell told the commission and officers that he had been a police officer himself for 34 years. "I'd just like to say how lucky you guys are to have people of that caliber," he said.

 
 

 

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