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IPFW honors six workers for lifesaving teamwork

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 12:46 am

Six IPFW employees were honored Wednesday for the roles they played earlier this year is saving the life of a fellow employee, Dan Hyde, who works for the IPFW Physical Plant.

This past May, Hyde was working in Walb Student Union on campus when he suffered a heart attack. Employees Leanne Hand and Julie Miller from Special Events were there when he was stricken; Hand called 911 while Miller began CPR on Hyde. Kaye Pitcher from Engineering, along with graduate student Dustin Hershberger, also aided in getting help. Emergency responders were dispatched to the scene. Heather Krull, a nurse practitioner from the Center for Healthy Living on campus, along with IPFW Police Officer Grant Cowan, continued CPR efforts and used a defibrillator to revive him.

During the course of their lifesaving, Hyde's condition improved from having no pulse to being conscious and responsive when an ambulance arrived for him.

Cowan received the Red Cross Lifesaving Team Award. Krull and Miller received Civilian Commendation awards. Those three, plus Pitcher, Hand and Hershberger, also received the Distinguished Ripples award from IPFW Human Resources.

The university also used the presentation as an opportunity to publicize training opportunities to make more employees potential life-savers. The Center for Healthy Living will offer a CPR/automatic external defibrillator training class starting from 8 a.m.-noon Sept. 14 in Walb Student Union, Room 114. There are four sessions in the series. The cost is $50 ($25 for IPFW employees and their spouses) and is open to the public. Call Judy Tillapaugh at 260-481-6647 for additional information.