UPDATED: Deputies Rescue St. Michael Man after Crash

A routine car accident quickly turned into a life-or-death situation in downtown St. Michael earlier this month.

UPDATE (Feb. 20): Names of those involved have been released to local media.

The deputies who assisted on scene were Chad Torkelson and Todd Olson. They were aided by resident Ryan Goth, who happened to be a witness to the scene. 

Capt. Greg Howell of the Wright County Sheriff's Department told the North Crow River News all three men could be commended for their quick thinking and brave action taken to save the man's life. 

If that occurs, it would most likely happen during a St. Michael City Council meeting in the near future. 

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Sheriff Joe Hagerty recently reported to media that shortly before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the Wright County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a property damage motor vehicle accident near 921 Central Avenue in the City of St Michael.  

While deputies were investigating the accident, one of the involved parties, a 72-year-old St Michael man, collapsed and was not breathing.

With the assistance of a nearby citizen, deputies placed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on the subject. The AED called for a shock and one was administered. The victim was eventually transported to North Memorial Hospital via ground ambulance where he was breathing and talking about the incident.

All Wright County Sheriff’s Office squads assigned to the Patrol Division have been equipped with AED’s since 1999.

In other sheriff’s reports:

February 11

Scott Lee Johnson, 43, of St. Cloud was arrested in Albertville on the charge of 2nd degree DWI.

February 12

Thomas John Herold, 59, of St. Michael was arrested in St. Michael on the charge of violation of a harassment restraining order.

February 14

David Robert Penner, 27, of Otsego was arrested in Otsego on the charges of domestic assault and interference with a 911 call.

February 15

Jordan Michael Campa, 21, of Hanover was arrested in Buffalo on a Wright County warrant for domestic assault.

Deputies also reported 35 Property Damage Accidents, two Personal Injury Accidents, five Hit and Run Accident and seven Car vs. Deer Accidents.

There were 10 arrests for DWI, two Underage Consumption arrests, a School Bus Stop Arm Violation and 81 tickets for miscellaneous traffic violations reported this week.



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