Herald JournalHerald Journal, Nov. 8, 2004

Officer Thiry recognized with life-saving award

By Ryan Gueningsman

Upon the recommendation of several of his peers, Officer Mark Thiry of the Lester Prairie Police Department was presented a Minnesota Life-Saving award at a special city council meeting Wednesday for his actions this summer.

Thiry was nearing the end of his shift one August morning when he received a phone call at the police department from a man concerned about his brother.

“The brother indicated he had received a phone call from the victim, and the victim had spoken about the large amount of carbon monoxide from the victim’s motorcycle,” Lester Prairie Police Chief Bob Carlson said. “The brother also told Officer Thiry the victim told him he wanted help.”

Thiry informed the brother he would be responding to the victim’s residence immediately and call him back. He then informed McLeod County dispatch of the incident and responded immediately. 

Upon his arrival, Thiry located the garage where the victim was located and pushed open a door, Carlson said 

“He located the victim on the floor, who was unconscious and non-responsive,” Carlson said. “Thiry carried the victim out of the building and administered oxygen.  The victim regained consciousness and began to breathe normally.” 

The Lester Prairie First Responders arrived and took over medical care, Carlson said. The victim had to be transported to the Hennepin County Medical Center because of the seriousness of the injury. 

“I believe that had Officer Thiry not responded in immediate action, the victim would not have survived,” said Deputy Janell Trocke of the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department. “Therefore, I am recommending Officer Thiry for the life-saving Award.  His immediate response and lifesaving measures are a credit to the law enforcement community and the Lester Prairie Police Department.”

Verbal recommendations for the award were also given by Winsted Police Officer Glen Strom and the Lester Prairie First Responders.

Thiry has been with the Lester Prairie Police Department for about four years.

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