3 FL police officers honored for saving 2 lives

Awards made by North Memorial Rescue

Cliff Buchan
News Editor

Three officers in the Forest Lake Police Department have been recognized for life-saving efforts in two medical incidents in Forest Lake last fall.

The honors were sponsored by North Memorial Rescue which provides emergency medical services in the Forest Lake and Wyoming areas.

Sgt. Jake Ayers, who was a patrol officer at the time, and officer Pat Ferguson were honored for two efforts and officer Nick Kent was honored for one life-saving effort.

Ayers and Gustafson were honored jointly for their medical assist on Oct. 18, 2011 that saved the life of a 65-year-old Forest Lake woman. The woman’s heart had stopped when the two officers arrived on scene. They provided on-scene CPR and assisted the ambulance crew in the ambulance on the way to Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming.

One month earlier, the two officers and Kent were called to assist a 73-year-old Forest Lake woman who was having a heart attack. The three officers provided on-scene medical care for the woman during the Sept. 23, 2011 incident.

Both women survived their heart attacks and are doing fine today, said Capt. Greg Weiss in announcing the North Memorial honors.

Church Break-in

The Church of St. Peter’s and St. Peter’s Elementary School, 1250 South Shore Drive, reported a weekend break-in on Monday morning.

Weiss said someone entered the parish office pried open doors and went through cabinets and desk, but found little. The school office was also entered where $40 in cash was stolen. The crime wasn’t discovered until 7 a.m. Monday when police were called.

2 Arrests

Police in Forest Lake made two warrant arrests last weekend.

James Hess, 29, of 48 Lee St., was stopped by police at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 on N. Lake Street at 2nd Ave. for an outstanding warrant. Police observed a powdery substance on the front seat that tested positive for methamphetamine, Weiss said.

Hess was taken to the Washington County Jail in Stillwater where he was booked and held on the warrant and a new probable cause charge of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

A second warrant followed three misdemeanor charges against a city man who police say failed to pay fines related to charges involving the man’s dog.

John P. Guider, 7768 North Shore Circle N., was arrested on Saturday on three warrants related to unpaid fines for convictions of dog at large, failure to restrain a dog and no dog license, Weiss said.

Guider told police he had paid the fines, but a check with the county confirmed the warrants, Weiss said. He was booked and released from the county jail.