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Presentation of Citizen Life Saving Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2017
City of Cottage Grove—Department of Public Safety

For more information, please contact: Craig Woolery, Public Safety Director, at 651-458-2850 or cwoolery@cottage-grove.org.

Presentation of Citizen Life Saving Awards
Karin Mae Herder, Ed Cassidy, Patrick Zittel, and Steve Smalley

Cottage Grove, Minn. – Feb. 16, 2017 – At the Feb. 15 Cottage Grove City Council meeting, four citizens – Karin Mae Herder, Ed Cassidy, Patrick Zittel, and Steve Smalley – were presented a Citizen Life Saving Award for their actions at a Park High School sporting event. A Citizen Life-Saving Award is awarded to a member of the community for performing lifesaving acts without the presence of an unusual hazard or risk of personal injury.

On Oct. 23, 2016, Thomas Lyle was refereeing a Park High School sports event when he collapsed on the court. He did not have a pulse and he was not breathing. Herder, Cassidy, Zittel, and Smalley immediately went to the aid of Lyle, by performing CPR and using the AED on him.

“A lot of times, we talk about how people these days do not want to get involved, all of you did get involved and the fact is, you saved somebody’s life,” said Mayor Myron Bailey.

Because of Herder, Cassidy, Zittel, and Smalley’s prompt action, selfless actions, and willingness to get involved, Lyle survived the incident. Cottage Grove City Council and Public Safety awarded Herder, Cassidy, Zittel, and Smalley the Citizen Life-Saving Award for their selfless actions and willingness to get involved.