First responders recognized for life-saving work

Attorney general praises efforts by Kuhn, Hartrick, Mason

The Eagle III rescue helicopter lands on the highway near the intersection of state Highways 32 and 22 on Feb. 5, responding to a report that a man had suffered a gunshot wound. (Contributed photo)

The state Justice Department has recognized three local law enforcement personnel whose quick action and teamwork saved a life Feb. 5.

Cited were Oconto Falls Police Officer Jamie Kuhn, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Conservation Warden Paul Hartrick and Oconto County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Mason, who were the first to respond after a man suffered a gunshot wound to the chest near the intersection of state Highways 32 and 22.

Kuhn, Hartrick and Mason immediately began lifesaving measures and attempted to stabilize the wounded man. Later, medical director Dr. Steven Stroman commended the officers on the initial care and the application of special occlusive dressings that had not been previously used by law enforcement in this capacity.

Oconto Falls Ambulance Service personnel arrived shortly and took over the lifesaving efforts of the man, and Eagle III — a medical-flight helicopter — landed at the scene. The crew of Eagle III continued lifesaving efforts as the man was transported to an area hospital.

As a result of the outstanding teamwork and effort, the man’s life was saved.

“Law enforcement officers are often the first people that arrive at the scene of a life-and-death situation,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “The officers who responded to this situation acted quickly and, through their team work and training, were able to save a life. I commend Officer Jamie Kuhn, Lt. Mason and Conservation Warden Hartrick for their quick actions and teamwork.”