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• Explorer Edward Clymer: On Aug. 31, 2010, while eating at the Machine Shed restaurant in Lake Elmo, an older man choked on a piece of meat. Clymer performed the Heimlich maneuver on the victim, dislodging the obstruction.
Letters of commendation
• Sgt. Mike Benson, Deputy Randy Helms, Deputy Justin Kaeding, Deputy Allen Degel and Deputy Shane Linehan: On June 14, 2011, Deputies responded to the robbery of a Super America in White Bear Lake. They played a critical role in the capture of two armed suspects. As a result, the suspects were charged and several other robberies in the metro were solved.
Certificate of appreciation
• Charles Marx, citizen: On April 9, 2012, a Code Red message alerted Scandia residents to a man burglarizing houses in the area. Marx called Deputy Chris Majeski’s cellphone to inform him that a vehicle matching the alert had just driven by his home. Because of this call, deputies arrested the suspect.
• Sgt. Wayne Hicks and Sgt. Mike Munson, Hastings Police Department: On Feb. 19, 2011, the officers were removing a fish house from an area lake because of a large snowstorm. Something caught Munson’s attention. He turned the vehicle around and found an older man who had crawled into a snowbank. The man had fallen on the roadway and crawled on his knuckles to the snowbank in hopes someone would see him. He also suffered from dementia. Hicks and Munson provided first aid until rescue units arrived.
• Rana Kraftson and Julia Kobilka, citizens: On Dec. 11, 2012, the girls were on a school bus heading to Stillwater High School for ski practice when the bus driver had a medical emergency. He lost consciousness and fell to the floor of the bus. The bus crossed four lanes of traffic and into the ditch. Rana removed the driver’s foot from the gas pedal, pressed on the brake and called on the bus radio for help. Julia checked for a pulse and stayed with the driver until help arrived.
• Peter Johnson, assistant Washington County attorney: On Jan. 3, 2013, after observing a prisoner assaulting a Ramsey County deputy and a Washington County deputy in the courthouse, he responded to the scene. The prisoner was fleeing on foot when Johnson threw himself in front of the prisoner, tripping him and allowing deputies to take him into custody.
• Melanie Needham, a citizen: On Sept. 11, 2011, while her husband participated in a triathlon in Stillwater, Needham observed a runner staggering and falling. The runner had hit his head and continued to try to run. She grabbed the victim and tried to keep him in place because he was in distress. She continued to provide aid even after emergency units were on scene. Paramedics credited the cooling down of the runner for probably saving his life.
Meritorious service award
• Sgt. Kyle Schenck: In 2011, Schenck was asked to perform the duties of administrative sergeant for patrol. This assignment includes backfill for sergeants on segment vacations along with administrative duties and special details. Since he was moved into this assignment, the Sheriff’s Office has had many injuries that required Schenk to fill open shifts. He continued with all of his regular duties, such as SWAT, and supervising a shift. These schedule changes have been above and beyond what other administrative sergeants have been asked to do.
Kevin Giles • 651-925-5037