POSTED: 06/26/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT
Workers at the downtown St. Paul YMCA along with a member saved the life of a 60-year-old man on his birthday last year, and the city’s fire chief honored them Thursday.
The four people teamed up to help Steve Schmitz when he went into cardiac arrest while playing racquetball at the Y on his 60th birthday in October, the fire department said. They revived Schmitz by doing CPR and using an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED), training they’d received as YMCA employees, and called 911.
“Rapid, proficient patient care is only possible when courageous citizens take prompt action to assist someone else in trouble,” Fire Chief Tim Butler wrote in letters of commendation.
Butler honored YMCA custodial employees Laura Knoll, Kendrick Livers and Charles Woolery, along with Scott St. Martin, who was working out at the Y when Schmitz was found unconscious. St. Martin, who is trained as an Emergency Medical Technician, is a former St. Paul fire captain and now the Hudson fire chief. …
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