Citizen award for Blaine woman

When a Lowe’s retail store employee collapsed in front of her, Tammy Lamers of Blaine quickly called 911.

Tammy Lamers of Blaine (center) received a citizen recognition award from the Blaine Police Department at the Oct. 18 Blaine City Council meeting. Also pictured are Blaine patrol officers Ivan Pruitt and Michelle Moore. Photo by Eric Hagen

Tammy Lamers of Blaine (center) received a citizen recognition award from the Blaine Police Department at the Oct. 18 Blaine City Council meeting. Also pictured are Blaine patrol officers Ivan Pruitt and Michelle Moore. Photo by Eric Hagen

This action allowed Blaine Police officers to respond and get the employee’s heart beating again.

Blaine Police Chief Christopher Olson gave a citizen recognition award to Lamers at the Oct. 18 Blaine City Council meeting.

“It speaks volumes about the value of reaching out to one another at a time of need, and the powerful difference it makes when the police and citizens work together,” Olson said.

According to Olson, the incident occurred around 10 a.m. Aug. 23 at Lowe’s in Blaine. The employee collapsed, struck his face and went unconscious. Lamers dialed 911.

The two responding patrol officers were Michelle Moore and Ivan Pruitt.

Olson told the council that the victim’s pulse had stopped, but they were able to get it back by using a defibrillator.

It is important to use a defibrillator quickly once a pulse had stopped, so Lamers’ quick action to remain calm and dial 911 was very crucial, he said.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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