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Mayor awards crew for saving a life - his own life

Awards for saving the life of Osakis Mayor Keith Emerson were presented to (back row, left to right) Brandon Spanswick, first responder; Sam Larson and Shane Carlberg, police officers; Mayor Emerson; first responders Craig Dropik, Jason Leonard, Brandon Anderson and Jason Schultz; (front) responders Jason Mounsdon and Ryan Schablin. Not pictured are volunteers who were on call and had to leave the meeting, Connie Spanswick and Corwin Dierks. Adam Trisko was not available for the photo, but also honored.

Awards for the saving of a human life were presented to 12 members of the Osakis Police and First Responders crews at an emotional ceremony during the Monday, Aug. 3 City Council meeting.

A visibly shaken Mayor Keith Emerson presented the awards to the crews, brushing more than one tear from his cheek during the ceremony.

“Last year, July 22, 2014, I had a heart attack,” Emerson began. “Due to some very, very diligent people and quick response, they were at my house within a couple of minutes and started doing CPR. Sam (Larson) and his partner were there first, and then the First Responders came, and they took over. And then North Ambulance came. But I feel [Osakis Police and First Responders] were very, very instrumental in saving my life. At this time tonight, I would like to give some recognition to these people.”

Emerson read the certificates, and presented each person with a personalized certificate and a pin for their part in saving his life, on behalf of the city of Osakis and the City Council, commenting, they “greatly acknowledge the actions on July 22, 2014, resulting in the saving of a human life while performing their duties either as a police officer or first responder for the city of Osakis.”

Emerson’s wife, daughter, and granddaughters were in the audience to witness the awards and join in a full house in applauding the work of the hometown heroes.

Emerson later commented, with chagrin, “And I don’t remember any of this happening. I was out after the first couple minutes.”