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Nelson awarded for lifesaving acts

Pictured with Kenneth Nelson (center) are Mike Schutt (from left), Jamie Stevens, Ryan McGraw and John Townsend. Submitted photo

Kenneth Nelson was awarded the Outstanding EMS Action by a Citizen Award.

The award honors a private citizen in Dakota County for a lifesaving act in which quick thinking, fast action and heroism were demonstrated. The award was presented by the Dakota County EMS Council and nominated by Hastings firefighter/paramedic Ryan McGraw.

Nelson was awarded this honor based on his actions on two separate instances in February 2017. Both of the instances occurred while Nelson was performing his duties as a mail carrier in the city of Hastings.

Kenneth Nelson (center) is pictured with (from left) Brian Carlson, EMS council chair, and Hastings firefighter/paramedic Ryan MIn the first instance, Nelson was alerted by an uncharacteristically barking dog on his route on a very cold day. He investigated further and found an elderly person had fallen and was seriously injured and unable to call for help. This person had been laying outside in the cold for two hours. Nelson immediately called 911 and rendered first aid.

The second instance was very similar. Nelson was able to render first aid, get the person out of the cold weather and alert emergency services by calling 911.

Both of these instances could have been much more serious if it were not for the actions of Nelson. His timing and willingness to render aid created better outcomes for these residents.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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