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Life saving medal awarded to Deadwood police officer

December 6, 2018

DEADWOOD — Duty called and Deadwood Police Officer Jason Huber went above and beyond to answer. Monday, the Deadwood Life Saving medal was presented to Huber, who recently saved the life of an unresponsive hotel patron thanks to his quick actions.

Deadwood Police Chief Kelly Fuller presented the award and medal at the city commission meeting and thanked Huber for his service.

“Just to preface this a little bit, on average, Deadwood Police Department responds to about 300 ambulance calls a year. We’re very fortunate to have a hospital here in Deadwood and an outstanding ambulance service,” Fuller explained. “The vast majority of the time, patrol officers are the first to arrive on the scene. Sometimes these medical emergencies we’re called to are minor. Other times, they are life and death where seconds count and life saving measures have to be initiated by the police officers.”

On Oct. 6 at approximately 8:59 a.m., the Lawrence County 911 Center received a call from the Deadwood Mountain Grand regarding a male in a hotel room who had clutched his chest and dropped to the floor.

“It was determined that the 56-year-old male victim did not have a pulse and was not breathing,” Fuller said. “CPR had been started.”

Prior to EMS arrival, Huber arrived on scene and initiated life saving measures with the application of his automated external defibrillation (AED) and continued cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) efforts. “Upon arrival of emergency medical services, several additional AED efforts were made and the victim began to breathe and regain cardiac function,” Fuller said. “The victim was later transported to Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital and then to Rapid City, where further live saving efforts continued.”

As of Oct. 16, the victim was released from care and was expected to make a full recovery. It was further reported that Huber called the family of the victim post-incident to check on the welfare of the patient.

“I don’t believe this would have been possible without the expedient and dedicated efforts of officer Huber,” Fuller said. “Officer Huber displayed the type of selfless dedication, compassion, and professionalism that all officers should aspire to obtain and is a valued asset to the Deadwood community.”

Huber was not immediately available for additional comment.

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