Wisconsin DOJ: Top cops’ first aid response saves gunshot victim

The quick action and teamwork of Oconto Falls Police Officer Jamie Kuhn, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Conservation Warden Paul Hartrick, and Oconto County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Mason saved the life of a man who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

On February 5, the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 message regarding a man with a gunshot wound. Sheriff’s dispatchers quickly and efficiently gathered intelligence, and dispatched several officers and EMTs to an area near the intersection of State Highways 32 and 22.

Officer Kuhn, Conservation Warden Hartrick, and Lt. Mason were the first to arrive on scene. Immediately, the trio began lifesaving measurers and attempted to stabilize the wounded man. Later, Medical Director Dr. Steven Stroman commended the officers on the initial care and the application of the 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. The officers who responded to this situation acted quickly, and through their team work and training were able to save a life,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “I commend Officer Jamie Kuhn, Lt. Mason, and Conservation Warden Hartrick for their quick actions and teamwork.”

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