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Friday, May 02, 2008

4 St. Paul police officers honored for saving peer's life

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Blogger Bob said...

Sergeant stricken tussling with suspect
By Mara H. Gottfried
Article Last Updated: 04/30/2008 10:58:13 PM CDT

When St. Paul police Sgt. David Mueller radioed for help from his fellow officers, officer Mary Alberg knew he was in trouble.

"He never asks for help unless he really needs it," she said Wednesday. "Then he got on the air and said, 'Squads, step it up.' "

It was New Year's Day 2007, and Mueller had been struggling with a suspect. Soon after Alberg arrived, the then-47-old Mueller's heart stopped beating and he collapsed.

Mueller wasn't breathing and Alberg, Sgt. Guy Stanton and officers Robert Kosloske and Sid Rioux all gave him CPR and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived. Mueller, who apparently had a heart attack, survived and is back at work.

Mueller nominated the four officers for the department's Officer of the Year award, and Chief John Harrington named them the winners Wednesday, crediting the group with helping save Mueller's life.

"It really was a miracle," Mueller said. "What these folks have done for me, it's absolutely a gift from above."

A taxi driver called police Jan. 1, 2007, to report a man had stiffed him of half of an $80 fare on St. Paul's West Side. The man was allegedly combative and struggled with Mueller, who fell, hit his head, got up and later collapsed.

When Alberg arrived, the suspect was running up the stairs and Mueller was still standing, she said. She ran after the suspect, captured him and heard the cabdriver yell that Mueller wasn't breathing.

"I think it's amazing he was still on his feet when we got there," Alberg said. "I think he waited to tip over until squads arrived."
Stanton got there next, and Kosloske and Rioux soon after. No one knew what was wrong with Mueller.

"We were unsure if he was stabbed or shot or what was going on," Alberg said.

A screwdriver was nearby and, trying to discover whether Mueller had been stabbed, Rioux started removing the officer's clothes.

"There was no holes, no blood, but he was turning blue," Rioux said.

The officers, all assigned to Central District patrol, worked with Mueller every day.

"It was personal; it was very emotional," Alberg said.

"I thought he was dead," said Kosloske. "I went into the mode of trying to save him."

The roads were slippery and it took paramedics a bit to arrive, Stanton said. When they did, they shocked Mueller's heart more than once.

After recovering at Regions Hospital, Mueller went back to work in March 2007.

Stanton has been a St. Paul officer since 1988, Kosloske since 1989, Alberg since 1996 and Rioux since 1999.

The other finalists for Officer of the Year were officers Ruby Diaz and Anthony Spencer, who are in the gang unit. They "kept kids out of gangs and kept bad guys off the streets," Harrington said.

Harrington named Sgt. Tom Bergren the Detective of the Year. Bergren, assigned to the homicide unit, helped reduce a backlog of various criminal cases from more than 300 to zero in less than six months. Sgt. Timothy McCarty, who works in the narcotics unit, was the other finalist.

Kimberly Adamek was honored as the Civilian Employee of the Year for her leadership during the merger of the St. Paul Emergency Communications Center with Ramsey County's last year. Lisa Drake, who provides administrative support to the homicide unit, was the other finalist.

Mara H. Gottfried can be reached at 651-228-5262.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

The last thing we need in Saint Paul is one less police officer.

"Kudos" to the responding officers!

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now just care about the average person that much.
Would they do that for a person that they are evicting on a foreclosure?

8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you're a landlord and call them about a problem they practicaly spit on you.

1:43 PM  

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