April 11, 2006 Contact: Sheriff Ross Litman
St. Louis County Sheriff
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 726-2355
ST. LOUIS COUNTY PRESENTS 9-1-1 LIFESAVER AWARD TODAY
In recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, April 9 - 15, which honors those persons who perform call-taking, dispatching, and other duties for public safety communications departments, the St. Louis County Board will present its annual 9-1-1 Lifesaver Award today, Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 9:30 AM at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth, 100 N. 5th Avenue West, County Board Room, 2nd Floor.
Since 1993, St. Louis County has annually recognized the efforts of those individuals who have worked together, often compromising their own safety, to save the life of another person or persons. Not only does the 9-1-1 Lifesaver Award honor those worthy of such recognition, but it provides information to the public on how the 9‑1‑1 system works. Three 2005 awards will be presented at Tuesday’s ceremony.
Six year old Kashay Sheff is being honored for helping to save her grandfather, Jack Sheff’s life. Jack Sheff meets his 6 year old grand daughter Kashay at the bus stop every day after school and the two walk home together. On February 4, 2005, after Kashay and her grandpa arrived home, she went upstairs to change out of her school clothes. She heard a boom sound, and returned downstairs to find her grandpa lying on the floor.
When she could not awaken him, Kashay immediately went out to the porch to look for an adult. When she did not see anyone, she came back into the house and called 9-1-1. Within two minutes of her call, Duluth Fire Department Paramedics and Gold Cross Ambulance arrived, and Mr. Sheff was transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Sheff, a diabetic, had elevated blood sugar levels, inducing a heart attack.
Thanks to the fast actions of Kashay Sheff, her grandpa Jack has made a complete recovery. Kashay, only six years old at the time, demonstrated bravery and responsibility beyond her years when placing her call to 9-1-1 for help. Congratulations, Kashay.
The second award will go to Janice Makowski, St. Louis County 911 Dispatcher, and Deputy David Lovaas, St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.
On May 5, 2005, Emergency Communications Specialist Janice Makowski received a call from a female stating that her 2 year old daughter had fallen into a lake and was not breathing. Ms. Makowski began to give cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instructions to the caller while finding the out the location of the victim. Rescue units were sent.
Deputy Lovaas was the first to arrive on scene and began giving CPR to the child. The shild was transported to a hospital where a helicopter was dispatched. The child survived and continues to do well in therapy.
The final 9-1-1 Lifesaver Award will be awarded to Jason Dickinson, Virginia Fire Department, and Jim Herman, St. Louis County Volunteer Rescue Squad.
On May 26th, 2005, 911 Dispatch received a call that two men were stuck part way down a cliff on mining property. One male was on a ledge and able to sit down, while the other was only able to stand. The men could not get back up the cliff due to loose rock and could not climb down because it was too steep. They were stranded on the 200’ cliff wall, approximately 100’ above ground. They had been there for approximately 2 ½ hours.
A top rope rappel rescue was decided upon. The first man was rescued by Jason Dickinson who rappelled down the wall. With rocks falling he covered his victim to keep him safe. The second man was rescued by Jim Herman who also rappelled down the cliff to bring him to safety.