Cascade Township Honors Citizens With Lifesaving Awards
Cascade Township, Michigan, April 30, 2019 – At the April 24 Cascade Township Board meeting, two citizens were honored for their heroic acts of service in saving the life of a man, who collapsed after giving a speech this past March.
For their actions, Katie Sloat and Deb Probst received Lifesaving Awards, an honor awarded to citizens in the community who demonstrate bravery in rescuing someone’s life. Both Sloat and Probst are registered nurses in West Michigan.
“The Cascade Fire Department is honored to present the awards to these two amazing women,” said Fire Chief Adam Magers. “People often wonder how they would react in an emergency situation – these two reacted perfectly.”
The incident took place at a Cascade Country Club in the evening of March 21. After giving a speech to Sloat, Probst and a room of other attendees, the speaker sat down at their table, collapsed and became unconscious due to cardiac arrest. After he collapsed, Sloat and Probst left their seats, checked his breathing and pulse before determining they needed to perform CPR. The two nurses began performing CPR after instructing bystanders to call EMS and retrieve an AED.
After performing five rounds of CPR, Sloat and Probst determined they needed to use an AED. The two nurses set up the AED for activation, which advised an electrical shock. After the shock, the speaker became conscious and was breathing on his own.
Once the ambulance arrived on-scene, EMS staff entered the building and found the speaker breathing and talking on his own. EMS staff checked vitals and transported him to the hospital for patient care. The speaker made a full recovery.
“Our appreciation goes out to you for your service,” Township Supervisor Rob Beahan noted after the awards were presented. “The heroic actions you performed that night are very heartwarming.”
About Cascade Township
Home to more than 18,000 residents, Cascade Township is committed to serving the public by providing the finest community services possible with respect, efficiency and integrity. With the Thornapple River at its heart, Cascade Township is recognized as an excellent place to live, work, play and raise a family. For more information, visit www.cascadetwp.com.