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2015 Heroes

Good Samaritan Hero: Earlene Anderson & James Bridger

Good Samaritan Hero: Earlene Anderson & James Bridger

Motorcycle officer Dustin Goudschaal was shot around 11:30 am June 30, 2014. Anderson was on her way to a work luncheon when she stopped to help Officer Goudschaal. She used a bandage from the officer’s pocket to help stop the bleeding. James Bridger was driving by, parked his truck, and went to assist “Sam”. She was holding the officer as she applied pressure to his wounds. When Bridger arrived he used the police radio and yelled “Code 33” to tell them an officer had been shot. Bridger, a former Reserve Officer with the Battle Ground Police Department, said grabbing the officer’s radio was second nature even though his training had been years earlier.

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Workplace Rescue Heroes: Peter Harrison and Katrina Hampton

Workplace Rescue Heroes: Peter Harrison and Katrina Hampton

Mr. Malin was halfway through his workout when he suffered a medical emergency and fell off the cardio machine he was using, causing him to hit his head. One staff person, Katrina Hampton, and fellow gym goer Peter Harrison came to his rescue. Peter, with a background in CPR, began compressions while gym staff retrieved the AED. The AED pads were attached and a “shock” was called for. Peter then continued compressions and another “shock” was administered. To complicate things, Mr. Malin had vomited so a lifeguard staff helped to clear his airway. At this time the EMT’s arrived.

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Group Water Rescue Heroes: Adam Bridgens & Friends

Group Water Rescue Heroes: Adam Bridgens & Friends

Adam Bridgens (left) and a group of friends on the beach realized some boaters were in trouble so they formed a plan of action and used their kayaks to paddle to the boaters. Two of Adam’s friends set out in a tandem kayak and would blow their emergency whistle three times if the family was in trouble and Adam would come in his kayak to assist. Once Adam heard the whistle, he set out to help. His group of friends then called 911 knowing they would need assistance. The tandem kayak had placed the youngest child between the boaters. The parents and two girls clung to a tow rope. Once they got the family members to shore they provided them with blankets and tried to keep them warm. A surf rescuer, Doug Knutzen, said that the family’s life jackets and the quick thinking of the kayakers prevented a tragedy.

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Medical and CPR Rescue Hero: Andrew Langlois

Medical and CPR Rescue Hero: Andrew Langlois

On April 2, Andrew Langlois’ elderly next-door neighbors, Dolores and Sidney Morton, were resting after lunch when Sidney’s scream tore through the quiet afternoon. Sidney Morton got a second chance to live after his neighbor Andrew Langlois used CPR to save him from a cardiac

arrest. In the process he healed a long time rift between neighbors.

Dolores Morton called 911, but, in panic, ran outside her home to find help. Andrew just happened to be walking by on his way to work. “I don’t know what I was expecting; I was just yelling for help,” Dolores Morton, 79, recalled Sunday. “He could’ve run the other way. You never know. He came in and just took over.” Andrew entered their home and found that Sidney Morton, 83, couldn’t breathe and still had food in his mouth. He pulled 285-pound Sidney Morton out of a chair and onto the floor. He performed the Heimlich maneuver to clear Morton’s throat and followed that with two rounds of chest compressions to restore and stabilize his heart beat before paramedics arrived. Afterward, he stayed another half hour with Dolores Morton to calm her down.

Sidney Morton’s heart stopped twice more in the ambulance and at St. John Medical Center, but his wife credits Andrew’s initial resuscitation for keeping her husband of 60 years alive. For over a decade Morton and Andrews’s father have had a tense relationship. However, Andrew brushed aside the differences and mowed the Morton’s lawn and now keeps a good relationship with the older couple.

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Pet Rescue Hero: Nate Young

Pet Rescue Hero: Nate Young

Nate Young, 25, said he was in his apartment with his girlfriend two doors down from where the fire broke out when he smelled smoke. He went out back and saw the back of an apartment on fire. Young and other apartment residents banged on the door of the burning apartment and heard a dog barking inside. He forced his way in through a window and climbed over a television set to rescue the animal. The dog’s owners were not home. He said it seemed like a small fire at the time, but it ended up being much larger. Flames burned through the roof of one of the buildings as firefighters worked to contain the blaze, both from the ground and from the roof of the building. The dog, a brown miniature pinscher named Roski, was being watched over by Young and other neighbors as firefighters worked. Young used his belt as a makeshift leash for the dog.

“I’m just glad everyone is all right, humans and animals alike,” he said.

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Family Water Rescue Hero: Bryan Troffer

Family Water Rescue Hero: Bryan Troffer

Bryan Troffer saved his girlfriend’s daughters from drowning and then took on so much water he nearly drowned himself. The two girls, ages 10 and 7, were wading with Troffer when they found themselves in trouble in deep water. Bryan managed to get the 10-year-old out quickly, however the youngest was under for a while and took some water into her lungs. Bryan was able to get her out as well, but he had taken on so much water himself that he was in danger of drowning. He was able to get out of the water, but was disoriented and turning purple. Lacey, Troffer’s girlfriend, drove her daughters and Troffer to the Spirit Lake Memorial Highway then flagged down a state patrol officer who directed them to the Fire Station in Toutle. Bryan was taken by helicopter to Peace Health Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver. The girls were treated and released. Most ex- husbands would not sing the praises of their ex’s boyfriend, but in this case Tyler Keele was more than grateful to Bryan for saving the lives of his two daughters.

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Fire Rescue Hero: Waylon St. Clair

Fire Rescue Hero: Waylon St. Clair

Waylon St. Clair noticed a duplex and yard fire as he drove west on 49th street. Another driver ahead of him was taking cell phone pictures of the fire then drove off. He pulled his car over and ran to the front of the house to find a woman trying to explain to an elderly lady who spoke no English that her house was on fire. He stepped between them and told the women to call 911. Two teenage boys came down the stairs and he instructed one of them to get everyone out of the building. Then he and the other boy unrolled a hose and began hosing the fire, concentrating on the propane tank that was on the patio near the BBQ grill. Firefighters asked him if he knew what caused the fire. He told the firefighter he did not live there and had just stopped to help.

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