Four Rochester-Based State Troopers Receive Life Saving Awards
St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM MN news) - Four State Troopers assigned to the State Patrol District Headquarters in Rochester have been honored with Life Saving Awards.
Sergeant Eric Bormann, along with Troopers Garrett Bondhus, and Patrick Beuning were honored for their actions following a traffic crash that occurred last June 23. The State Patrol says Sergeant Bormann rushed to the scene after witnessing a collision involving a semi-truck and another vehicle. The driver ended up pinned beneath the vehicle and Bormann, along with Troopers Bondhus and Beuning managed to extricate the critically injured driver and begin performing lifesaving measures.
The State Patrol says Trooper Dahton Bowe of the Rochester District and Trooper Kevin Wellens from the Mankato District are credited with rescuing a man after finding him unconscious in life-threatening cold conditions. The Life Saving Award issued to them says the wind chill was almost 20 below zero when they found the unconscious and intoxicated individual face down in the snow on January 12. The Troopers had to carry him about 50 yards through some woods to a waiting ambulance. A news release announcing the award says the man's core body temperature had dropped dangerously low and his survival was unlikely without the actions of the two Troopers.