Sweetwater County, WY. – County deputies, who along with other first responders and bystanders rescued a cardiac arrest victim at the National High School Final Rodeo in Rock Springs on July 18, were recognized recently in a commendation letter sent to Sweetwater County Sheriff Mike Lowell.
In his letter to Lowell, Ron Gatti of Sweetwater Medics said “Because of the quick actions and efforts of your Deputies, the patient survived this brush with death. Please relay to every one of the deputies involved, our highest respect and gratitude.”
The victim, a 72-year-old Indiana man, complained of chest pain, then collapsed in the grandstands. Bystanders began applying CPR, and on-scene emergency first responders revived the man by deploying an automated external defibrillator (AED).
Lowell described the rescue as “a team effort involving the bystanders who initially administered CPR and members of the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments, the Rock Springs Fire Department, and Sweetwater Medics.”
He identified the deputies involved as Sergeant Rich Fischer, Corporals Steve Powell and Tony Niemiec, and Detectives Jim Rhea, Jeff Sheaman, Matt Wharton, and Rich Kaumo.