Nursing student honored for life saving efforts

Published in Ambulance Services, News

Author: Staff

For nursing student Natalie Walter, she likely didn’t anticipate using her CPR training before working in the healthcare field. Fortunately, for one heart attack patient, she was in the right place at the right time.

Natalie was working for her uncle on December 27, 2019 when a person entered the business and collapsed. Armed with her CPR training, she immediately began chest compressions while someone else ran to dial 911. Natalie continued CPR even after emergency crews had arrived so they could work on getting the LUCAS (automatic chest compression device) on.

Her calmness and quick action led to her being honored in early March with the Life Saving Award presented by CentraCare Emergency Medical Services, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office, Willmar Fire Department, and Willmar Police Department.

“This patient might not be alive today without Natalie’s quick thinking and CPR training. Not many would feel comfortable to jump in like that,” said Brad Hanson, Director of CentraCare Emergency Medical Services. “This goes to show the importance of having basic CPR skills, because you never know when you might be faced with a situation like that and those first moments before emergency crews have arrived are critical.”

The patient made a full recovery.