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Governor Scott Walker presented special awards to 21 members of the Wisconsin State Patrol for saving lives and other exemplary service on Wednesday, October 2, at the State Capitol in Madison.
State Patrol Superintendent Stephen Fitzgerald said, “All members of the State Patrol make our highways and communities safer through their professional and tireless dedication to traffic and public safety. But the members of the State Patrol who received special awards have demonstrated exceptional expertise and courage under extremely stressful conditions. They were nominated for their awards by their fellow members of the State Patrol for actions that go above and beyond their normal duties.”
Trooper Jeremy T. McNulty of Black River Falls and Trooper Kyle A. DeVries of Elk Mound (Lifesaving Awards)—While on patrol, Trooper Jeremy McNulty received a report that an individual in a vehicle on the interstate in Jackson County was suffering possible cardiac arrest on December 28, 2012. Trooper McNulty was the first to arrive on-scene where he found a woman performing cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on her husband. He immediately assisted. Trooper Kyle DeVries also had monitored the radio call. When Trooper Kyle DeVries arrived on the scene, the two troopers continued CPR and altered positions for compressions, breathing and monitoring. Soon after, a sheriff’s deputy arrived carrying an automatic external defibrillator (AED), which was used on the victim. The two troopers relayed patient information to responding paramedics and assisted in loading the victim into an ambulance. The victim eventually had open heart surgery at the hospital. For their decisive actions that helped save a man’s life, Troopers McNulty and DeVries of the Northwest Region—Eau Claire Post each received the Lifesaving Award. This is Trooper McNulty’s second Lifesaving Award.