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Maureen Rose Skinner, Michael Robert Blake, and Michael Reid Swenson were recently presented the Blaine Police Department Citizen Recognition/Life Saving Award.
Maureen Rose Skinner, while working at the Blaine Human Service Center, witnessed a person collapse and stop breathing. She took immediate action and began performing CPR on the victim. Officers arrived on scene and assisted in providing compressions, breaths, and multiple AED shocks to the victim. He eventually began breathing on his own, sat up, and began talking. Because of Maureen’s immediate actions, she helped save a life.
Michael Robert Blake and Michael Reid Swenson, while playing softball at Airport Park, witnessed a fellow player stop breathing and go unconscious. The victim collapsed while playing softball and had no pulse. Blake and Swenson both took immediate action and began performing CPR. Officers arrived on scene and applied an AED.
They continued with CPR as the first shock was conducted on the victim. Officers took over lifesaving efforts, and after the AED shocked the victim four times a pulse was re-established and he started breathing. He was then transported by Allina to Mercy Hospital. While in route to the hospital, the victim regained consciousness and was alert and talking. Michael and Michael’s immediate actions helped save a life.
Michael, Maureen, and Michael can view with pride their performance and selflessness. Their commitment to the community is to be celebrated and remembered.