On Tuesday night the Bourbon Town Council presented awards of appreciation to a couple police officers and a reserve officer for their lifesaving tactics.
Reserve Officer Doug Nordmann and Police Officer Matthew Geiger responded to a 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive man on May 15th at 12:40 a.m.
They found Kelly Howard and giving him CPR and using an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) five times were able to bring him back.
A few days later on May 17th at 7:30 p.m. another 9-1-1 call of an unresponsive man sent Officer Matthew Haskins and Reserve Officer Doug Nordmann to the home of Steve Neidig. After giving CPR and administrating one shock from the AED he was brought back.
Former Plymouth Chief Paramedic John Grolich gave a bit of history on AED’s. In 1998, during the EMS Conference in Indy and in partnership with IU to do a study and see if it was beneficial to get AED’s in police cars. Marshall County was lucky to participate and in May 1998 Deputy Ward Byers was the first one in the county to save a life. Grolich went on to say with the help of the Marshall County Community Foundation and the Prosecutor’s deferral funds he was able to get 30 AED’s in police cars around the county. He said today there are upwards of 100 spread throughout the county in squad cars, schools, libraries and public buildings.