Three men recipients of Livesaving Award

WORTHINGTON - Three people were the recipients of the Worthington Police Department Lifesaving Award for their actions in saving a young teenagers life in August.

Worthington High School Football Coaches Gene Lais and Casey Hertz, along with Worthington Police Officer Chris Hillesheim were acknowledged by the Worthington City Council during a meeting Monday night.

On August 20, emergency services were dispatched to the Worthington High School practice field regarding a juvenile male who had collapsed and was barely breathing. Hillesheim was on patrol nearby and arrived just minutes after the call. Lais and Hertz were tending to the teen as Hillesheim approached.

It was immediately determined the child was not breathing and had no pulse, and the three men worked together to administer CPR and use an AED until a heartbeat was detected. A Sanford Ambulance arrived and the child was transported to ER where he was stabilized and later flown to Iowa City for additional treatment.

According to Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, the incident is a great example of school and  coaching staff, law enforcement personnel and medical professionals effectively working together to save a life.

" Without the competence of any of the three, or without the lifesaving equipment provided to our police officers, a life would have been lost on the WHS football field on August 20th," Appel said. " The actions of Coaches Gene Lais and Casey Hertz, and Officer Hillesheim were lifesaving, heroic and outstanding contributions to public safety in the City of Worthington."

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