Trooper racks up 4th save


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TheeBadOne
July 15, 2003, 11:33 PM
http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/3989502.html

Again and again, trooper Goldsmith is a lifesaver

About 8:30 p.m., Jeff Goldsmith, a Minnesota state trooper, got a call that a 14-year-old boy had had a seizure and was choking on a wad of gum.

About a minute later, he arrived at the house in Hutchinson and hurried to where Randy Erickson was on his knees trying to breathe. Then Randy stopped breathing. Seconds later, the 43-year-old trooper was performing the Heimlich maneuver and saving a life.

Again.

It later dawned on Goldsmith that the March 22 incident marked the fourth time he had saved a life in his 20-year career.

He was honored Tuesday in Glencoe, Minn., with a ceremony and another lifesaving award, but he acted as if it were nothing special.

"You just feel glad that you can be there at the time that help was needed," he said. "Anybody else would have done the same thing."

Goldsmith is among a handful of troopers who have saved four or five lives.

About five lifesaving awards are given throughout the state each year, said Dale Prokosch, a state trooper who was at the awards ceremony.

The awards are given to state troopers who have rescued people in life-threatening circumstances, said Lt. Scott McConkey, who nominated Goldsmith for his latest lifesaving award and the one he received in 2000.

Goldsmith's first lifesaving award came in 1988 after a worker at a Hutchinson restaurant stopped breathing and he performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Two years later, Goldsmith gave mouth-to-mouth to revive an auto accident victim. His third award was in 2000 in a call to another accident. An injured passenger was in a position that had cut off her breathing; he noticed the problem right away and adjusted her head so she could breathe.

Adjusting someone's head, doing mouth-to-mouth and performing the Heimlich are simple procedures, McConkey said. But without them, he said, the situation is "very deadly." That's why he twice nominated Goldsmith.

Goldsmith said that he was honored, again, but that he is just glad he can use his training to help people.

"I was called into that type of work by just the type of person that I am," he said.

He said he draws on his strong Christian faith and on the fact that he knows how precious life is. His wife, Julie, died of cancer two years ago.

At the awards ceremony, Randy Erickson presented his lifesaver with a pin that has the numeral 4. A tape of the 911 call was played, and the ninth-grader dabbed his eyes. He said he is "very thankful" to Goldsmith.

Goldsmith said the scene of Erickson's choking brought back the memory of his 6-year-old daughter, Kathryn, choking on candy two years ago. The candy was dislodged before he had to perform the Heimlich maneuver.

If an emergency call comes again, Goldsmith won't hesitate. "I'm just glad to be able to be in the right place at the right time, and do what I can do," he said.

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4v50 Gary
July 15, 2003, 11:55 PM
4 saves? Dang, one more and he'd be a life saving ace. Angel wings for his badge or patch or hatpiece, maybe?

seeker_two
July 16, 2003, 02:10 PM
Great job, SuperTrooper!!! :D

Dorian
July 16, 2003, 11:41 PM
SuperTrooper!!!

eeevil shenanigans! :D

444
July 17, 2003, 12:32 AM
Taking nothing at all away from this fine officer; everyone and I mean EVERYONE should be well versed in all the things this guy has done. There is no excuse not to. If he hadn't been there, what would have happened ? I hope no one wants to see one of their loved ones die because they didn't want to take one day to learn this stuff.

HeavyHaul
July 17, 2003, 01:10 AM
Taking nothing at all away from this fine officer; everyone and I mean EVERYONE should be well versed in all the things this guy has done. There is no excuse not to. If he hadn't been there, what would have happened ? I hope no one wants to see one of their loved ones die because they didn't want to take one day to learn this stuff.
I will second this. EVERYONE should know the basic first aid measures. And if you have loved ones living with you, you have all the more reason to learn them!


Bill

pax
July 17, 2003, 02:16 AM
Excellent.

pax

Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

jimpeel
July 17, 2003, 03:46 AM
Several years ago in, I believe, San Dimas, CA an officer was patrolling an alley. He passed a refrigerator that was between two garages and, upon reflection, thought "Maybe I should check that out." He backed up, got out, and opened the refrigerator. Out tumbled two unconcious, but alive, kids -- a brother and sister. The reefer was an old pre-sixties type with the latching door and about 15 minutes of air for a single kid -- a lot less for two.

This means that he happened along in the last 7-10 minutes of the lives of these kids and, by sheer gut instinct, negated that nagging feeling he would have had for the rest of his life; "Why didn't I go back and look?" Cops have eaten their gun for less.

Now THAT'S good policing.

I have checked every reefer since that time and I always turn them to a wall or lay them on their face if I don't have the tools with me to remove the latch.

Big_R
July 17, 2003, 01:54 PM
I've met Trooper Goldsmith a few times and I work with his cousin. He's really a nice guy, even though he gave me a ticket a few years back. He's a pretty big fella too. Definetly one of the good guys.

Ryan

XLMiguel
July 18, 2003, 10:26 AM
:cool:

10-Ring
July 18, 2003, 05:31 PM
So often the good guys lose the head lines to the idiots, good to see that this time, a good guy got some recognition! BRAVO!

TheeBadOne
July 19, 2003, 10:46 PM
4 saves? Dang, one more and he'd be a life saving ace. Angel wings for his badge or patch or hatpiece, maybe?

4v50 Gary


Well, 2 more and it's a double hat trick! ;)

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