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Wife, son honored for saving life of North Plains man

The life of a North Plains father who went into cardiac arrest while doing chores on his family’s farm was saved by the quick action of his wife and son.Photo Credit: COURTESY PHOTO - Nathan and Laurie Van Roekel were honored Feb. 10 for saving the life of Troy Van Roekel.

When Troy Van Roekel collapsed on Jan. 25, his wife Laurie and son Nathan used CPR to keep him alive until help arrived. Laurie and Nathan were presented with the Citizen Life Saver Award by Washington County Fire District 2 on the evening of Feb. 10, at fire station 17 in North Plains.

Also honored was neighbor and volunteer firefighter Lt. Terry Burns, who rushed to the farm after hearing the family’s 911 call on the dispatch on his radio at home. Burns reached the Van Roekel residence just moments after Engine 17 from North Plains arrived.

Firefighters immediately took over CPR, placed a cardiac monitor on the patient’s chest, administered the automatic electronic defibrillator, started an IV and secured the patient’s airway. Engine 5 from Hillsboro Fire & Rescue and a Metro West Ambulance (MWA) arrived on scene minutes later. With Tony breathing again and his heart beating normally, the patient was transported by MWA to Emanuel Hospital for treatment.

Burns was also awarded a medal for his response as a volunteer, as was student Katie Allie, an intern with Washington County Fire District 2 who also administered aid for the patient while Lt. Burns performed CPR.

A very proud and grateful Troy Van Roekel was also present at the ceremony.

Washington County Fire District 2 offers CPR classes twice a year.

Call the administration office for more information at 503-647-9900.

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