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Meeker County deputy, Litchfield officer receive award for lifesaving efforts

LITCHFIELD -- Meeker County Sheriff's Deputy Bill Hudson and Litchfield Police Officer Aaron Nelson were recently recognized with a life-saving award for helping to save the life of a man in February.

Sheriff Jeff Norlin announced the awards as part of the 2012 employee recognition awards in his department.

According to the letter commending the officers, Hudson was the first officer who arrived just after 5 a.m. Feb. 17 at a residence south of Litchfield regarding an unresponsive male. He moved the man to the floor, connected the man to an automatic external defibrillator and started CPR.

Nelson arrived and helped with the CPR, along with administering two shocks with the AED.

The man regained a pulse and started breathing. He was taken to Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield and then airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for further treatment.

Also receiving awards were Deputy Marc Berris, who received the Sheriff's Achievement Award, for his work in creating and maintaining the department's Facebook and Twitter accounts, plus his work on educating staff and deputies on gun laws and autism. Berris is a part-time deputy who also works as an attorney.

Rebecca Miller, of the county's information and technology department, received an Exceptional Service Award for hard work, dedication and assistance to the department.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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