American Red Cross Honors Law Enforcement Officers with Lifesaving Awards

Story By Mark Slavit for KRCG 13

American Red Cross officials in Jefferson City honored some area law enforcement officers Thursday with lifesaving awards.

On April 29, 2021 a woman called 911 and said her husband was having a seizure in their car while they were driving to a doctor’s appointment on Highway 50 near Centertown. Deputy Mitchell Stossmeister, Sergeant Rebeka Rusk and Detective David McCurley of the Cole County Sheriff’s Department along with Missouri State Highway Patrol Corporal Bryan Salmons each received the American Red Cross Certificate of Extraordinary Personal Action after saving the man’s life.

Rusk said, “He was unresponsive when we arrived on the scene. He was not breathing. We began CPR. We all took turns doing several rounds of CPR for about 20 or 25 minutes. Emergency Medical Services were on scene and they were performing other lifesaving measures.”

Ambulance drivers eventually took the man to a hospital. Two weeks later, the man walked out the hospital with his family.

Cole County Sheriff John Wheeler said, “We’re proud to join the American Red Cross to honor four of our very own team members who used American Red Cross lifesaving skills and learned to work and save a life.”

The 4 heroes were modest about their accomplishments and thanked the American Red Cross for teaching them how to help others. Since 2018, American Red Cross officials have awarded 1,567 people worldwide for saving 765 lives.

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