SOMERS — A University of Wisconsin-Parkside police officer will be honored today for his involvement in two separate incidents where he helped save lives, according to university officials.
Officer John Garner will be presented with the UW-Parkside Police Department Life Saving Award today for his actions, according to Parkside spokesman Dave Buchanan.
In early May, Garner had just gotten off his shift when he saw a person’s arm hanging out of the window of a vehicle parked on Highway A.
“It didn’t look right. Something told me something wasn’t right with the situation,” said Garner, who’s been with the department for about three years and is an EMT with Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints hospital, 3801 Spring St.
He called university police and the person, who required immediate medical assistance, was transported to a local hospital, officials said. It turned out it had been a suicide attempt, Garner said.
Later the person wrote the officers a thank-you later, grateful for a second chance and for the stranger who noticed and took the time to call.
Then during the university’s spring commencement ceremony, Garner and a physician in the audience assisted an elderly woman who became ill. Garner performed CPR on the woman who wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, officials said. She was taken to a hospital and is now expected to fully recover.
Garner credits his training in both instances.
“I’d do it whether I was in uniform or not,” he said. “That’s just a part of me and that’s what we’re there for.”