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Law enforcement officers' life-saving deeds in the Northland recognized

Several law enforcement officers have been honored for life-saving work in Northeastern Minnesota last year.

The honors were bestowed by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety during a Valentine’s Day ceremony in Vadnais Heights, the agency announced in a news release.

Among those honored:

  • Superior police Detective Mike Jaszczak, St. Louis County sheriff’s Deputy Pete Olsen and Duluth police Officer Kelly Hanna received a commendation award. The three responded to the Bong Bridge on July 21 for a report of a man threatening to jump. They talked with the man for three hours and finally convinced him to come back to safety.
  • St. Louis County deputies Miles Bruggman, Amber Campbell and Ryan Taggert received a commendation award. On March 3, they worked together to save the life of a crash victim. While two of them applied pressure to a life-threatening wound on the victim’s neck, the other was able to route an ambulance to the crash location in time to help save the victim’s life.
  • State Patrol Lt. Paul VanVoorhis received a life-saving award. VanVoorhis, who serves in central Minnesota, was off-duty in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on June 15 when he came across a man stumbling, carrying a gun and covered in blood. The man said he was camping alone and the gun went off accidentally, shooting him in the lower back. VanVoorhis helped the injured man get out of the woods to a parking lot about a mile away, provided care with the medical kit from his vehicle and called for help.
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