How to save a life

Deputy Ryan Edmonds accepts the Chisago County Sheriff Office’s lifesaving award at the May 15 Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Deputy Ryan Edmonds accepts the Chisago County Sheriff Office’s lifesaving award at the May 15 Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting.

If it weren’t for Chisago County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ryan Edmonds, a 24-year-old man would have likely died early this spring.

On Feb. 16, Edmonds responded to a medical call on Alpine Avenue in Nessel Township. He arrived to find the young man unresponsive, with people on the scene already performing CPR.

Edmonds knew he’d have to act quickly.

He grabbed the automated external defibrillator in his car, powered the device and shocked the man twice.

Those two jolts were enough to get the man’s heart beating again until paramedics arrived.

“People with undiagnosed medical conditions have a less than 5 percent chance of survival rate,” Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan said at the May 15 Chisago County Board of Commissioners meeting before presenting Edmonds with the office’s lifesaving award. “Andrew (the 24-year-old) survived 100 percent.”

He added that Andrew recently graduated from college with a degree in mechanical engineering.

“Because of Ryan Edmonds’ fast response, (the family) was able to see a happy graduation,” Duncan said. “Congratulations, Ryan.”

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