Heroes honored at Emerald Hills

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
PHOTO SUBMITTED/ Iowa Great Lakes first responders were recently honored at a dinner held at Emerald Hills Golf Club.

A recognition dinner was recently held at Emerald Hills Golf Club. Randy Rohlfsen and the Wednesday Night Men's League hosted the event.

Emerald Hills member Tom Madigan suffered cardiac arrest while on the course on May 18. He was promptly assisted by golfers Jason Brown, Randy Krile and Dave Abrahamson, who performed CPR.

Shortly thereafter, Bob Clark, Milford Police Department assistant chief, arrived with a defibrillator, which he applied to Madigan. First responders from both Arnolds Park and Milford arrived as well and assisted until the Lakes Regional Healthcare ambulance crew arrived on the scene.

Madigan was transported to the Avera Heart Hospital in Sioux Falls and has since made a full recovery due in large part to the life saving efforts of those who provided early assistance and the care he received at Avera.

Members of both Milford and Arnolds Park Fire and Rescue teams were recognized and thanked for their volunteerism and service to our communities.

Representing the Arnolds Park Fire and Rescue were Chief Chris Youngbluth and Tom Struthers. Chief Jim Carpenter, Emil Richter, Matt Loerts, Jess Ratcliffe and Mack Arndt represented the Milford Fire and Rescue.

Richter was recognized for being a tireless supporter and fundraiser for Fire and Rescue in the Iowa Great Lakes Region. Richter, Herman Richter and all of the Richters at The Three Sons/University of Okoboji have raised in excess of $700,000 over the past 40 years to help support the Iowa Great Lakes Area.

According to the American Heart Association over 424,000 people of all ages suffer cardiac arrest annually with a five precent survival rate. CPR and defibrillation are critical to survival as time is of the essence.

With that in mind, Rohlfsen and the Wednesday Night Men's League purchased a defibrillator to have at Emerald Hills. Throughout the evening the importance of life saving CPR training was emphasized.

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