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Three officers receive lifesaving awards


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) --

Three Wausau police officers were recognized for lifesaving efforts Tuesday. Officers Anthony Reince, Sarah Bedish, and Nate Stetzer were commended for their quick action in early December.

Police Chief Jeff Hardel says it started with a request for an ambulance. “They jumped the call. They arrived first, probably three or four minutes before the paramedics, and they discovered that the subject was not breathing, and so the officers administered CPR right away and attempted to rescue the individual.”

Police officers are trained in many of the basic lifesaving skills, such as CPR and first aid. Hardel says their training paid off. “Their rescue efforts proved fruitful, because they did get a pulse. As soon as the paramedics were on scene, they took over and administered some medication, and the gentleman was saved.”