Heroes Honored at Recent Citizen Awards Event
Heroes are everywhere. Whether it be the woman who calls 911 when someone is injured or when a firefighter’s friends rush to his aid when his heart gives out in the middle of a golf game.
Bob Marlin was a lucky guy when his trained West Metro Fire Protection District buddies used the automated external defibrillator to bring his heart back to its normal rhythm on a recent golf outing.
According to the Centennial Citizen article, Marlin, believe it or not, had been a driving force behind the installation of that very AED when he worked for West Metro. When he was at the first tee box at The Meadows Golf Club, he was more than thankful that he was in good company.
Headquartered in Centennial, The Meadows and West Metro responders had a ceremony on July 28 for the people that saved Marlin’s life that day. They received a lifesaving award, both the employees and firefighters, for acting in such a heroic way.
There were other heroes recognized during the South Metro Fire Rescue’s annual citizen awards event. The following individuals received the award for a great reason, according to the recent article:
• Kate Jureller, Kate Tillman and Mike Staheli, who all stepped in to save Parker resident Art Cales, 51, when he went into sudden cardiac arrest at Lifetime Fitness in January.
• Robert Rinne, a South Metro firefighter who was off duty when he administered CPR on a woman who was eating at Maggiano’s. He also cleared her obstructed airway before medics arrived.
• Joseph W. Ratcliff II, Bryan Schoff, Deborah Hall, David Tegtmeyer and Chris Sharp, who helped residents escape a burning apartment building in Centennial when the stairwell leading outside was blocked by flames.
• Joseph Sprague, Jackson Bishop and Troy Seim, who attempted to save a Castle Pines boy who was run over in June by a vehicle he had been playing in.
• Mike Keefover, who administered CPR and used an AED to save a man who went into cardiac arrest at Centennial Airport.
• The team of Safety Shepherds at Lincoln Meadows Senior Living, who are responsible for assisting with emergency situations, including nighttime evacuations.