The Dakota County EMS Council celebrated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week May 30 with awards recognizing significant contributions to public health and safety. This year, the council distributed two awards for outstanding EMS actions — one individual and four agencies were recognized.
Outstanding EMS Response
Individuals recognized: Farmington police officers Christopher Lutz and Dan Miller; Sgt. Andy Bellows; Assistant Chief Jeff Allbee; Capt. Adam Fischer; firefighters Aasa Just and Kevin Roach; supervisor Andrew Gaughan; and paramedics Robert Stanfield, McKinzie Flynn, Jennifer Schaffner, Laura Rinker and Arthur Byron
Agencies recognized: Farmington Police Department, Farmington Fire Department, Allina Health Emergency Medical Services and HealthEast Medical Transportation
Nominated by: Farmington Police Chief Gary Rutherford
On Feb. 14, 2018, Lutz stopped a vehicle for speeding. Upon approaching the driver's side, he noticed that the driver, a 17-year-old boy, was experiencing a medical emergency. Lutz conducted a quick visual safety sweep, then opened the door and attended to the driver, who was unresponsive and then stopped breathing. With help from Bellows and Miller, Lutz removed the driver from the car and started first aid. Allina Health EMS and Farmington firefighters took over medical care, and Allina EMS transported the patient to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville. The patient was transferred to Children's Hospital by HealthEast and diagnosed with a genetic heart condition. The quick thinking and actions of the first responders saved this young man's life. The boy and his family attended the award ceremony.
Outstanding EMS Actions by a Citizen
Recipient: Alton Jennie
Nominated by: Paul Dunlop, Boy Scout leader
Alton Jennie, known as AJ, was riding home with his father one afternoon when he noticed that his father was exhibiting stroke symptoms. They arrived home safely, and AJ ran to alert his mother. She took AJ's father to an emergency room, where he was treated for a stroke. The attending physician said AJ's ability to recognize symptoms and seek treatment so quickly likely saved his father's life. AJ credited his knowledge of stroke symptoms and quick thinking to his training as a Boy Scout. He was recently elected leader of Troop 219.
“I don't know if there are many 16-year-olds who can recognize something so terrible happening, stay calm under pressure, and get help in time to save a life," said Paul Dunlop, AJ's former Boy Scout leader.