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Ceremony Honors Unsung Heroes of Olmsted County Law Enforcement

April 23, 2019 11:00 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Dozens of Olmsted County law enforcement officials and members of the public were recognized Tuesday evening for their contributions to the community and their roles in saving multiple lives.

From administering naloxone to those who overdosed on heroin to rescuing stranded motorists during February's blizzard, eleven people were given an award for saving a life.

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Three of those awards came from a situation at a Byron McDonald's restaurant in January. Jessica Ditlevson and her boyfriend Jamie were going to the restaurant for a milkshake and some fresh air because Jessica wasn't feeling well. When they arrived, she slumped over and Jamie called 911. He began CPR until Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputy Corry Retzer arrived on scene.

"I got a call as a medical, came out as a 45-year-old female that was having a seizure. I took off pretty quickly and it got upgraded very quickly to a possible stroke and then CPR was in progress," Retzer recalled.

Shortly after Retzer arrived on scene, John and Nicole Bacigalupo also pulled into the parking lot craving a milkshake and a coffee. When they saw what was happening, they both jumped into action using their first responder training.

"We saw Jessica laying outside the vehicle and we realized it was a medical emergency and we went over to help him, knowing that he was by himself and how challenging a scene like that can be for a lone deputy," John Bacigalupo said.

Their quick thinking saved Jessica's life and earned them each an award. Despite their efforts, the Bacigalupos said they didn't consider themselves heroes.

"It's nice to be recognized, sure, but we're not by any means heroes for what we did. We just did what we were trained to do," Bacigalupo said.

Jessica disagrees, highlighting in a letter to Retzer read aloud at the ceremony all the life milestones she's been a part of with her kids thanks to them.

"I can't even put into words how grateful and thankful I am for what they did for me," she said. "I'm here to help raise my kids, see them graduate, and to me that's priceless."

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Logan Reigstad

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