December 11, 2018 10:39 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Two Albert Lea police officers were given one of the city's highest honors Monday night: a certificate of life-saving for their efforts in performing CPR on an unconscious man in October.
On October 25, patrol officer Megan Evers responded to a call where a man was no longer breathing. A family member was performing CPR at the time she arrived, after which point Evers jumped in.
"For me, it was the first time actually doing CPR and using the AED," Evers said.
The family member helped her get the defibrillator connected, and that's when patrol officer Nathan Idstein arrived.
"He was able to take over CPR for me to give me a little bit of a break, give a hand to the paramedics," Evers said.
In all, the duo took turns doing CPR for 20 minutes, which kept the man alive.
Despite their courageous efforts, both were humble as they accepted their certificates at Monday night's city council meeting.
"We go into this job hoping we can help someone," Evers said, "So knowing that we've made even a little bit of a difference, it does feel good, but we just continue on with our job and do what we can."
Idstein is no stranger to the award; back in January, he was one of three officers recognized for pulling a man from a burning home in the city in October 2017.
"It's good just to be able to say we helped somebody and hopefully changed lives. That's kind of why we do our job," he said.
Created: December 11, 2018 10:39 PM
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