Two NW Iowans Honored With Governor Lifesaving Awards

Fri 8-10-2018

(Des Moines)-- Two area residents are recipients of the Iowa Governor's 2018 Lifesaving Awards.

Coral Franklin of Arnolds Park was recognized for her efforts on July 28th, 2017, when she helped save the life of a bicyclist who collapsed. Steve Burke was riding his bike that afternoon with his son in Arnolds Park. The two went separate ways as they were returning to Fillenwarth Beach Resort, where they were staying. Shortly after they separated, Steve Burke collapsed and fell off his bicycle after suffering a heart attack. Some resort workers witnessed the incident and called 911. Coral Franklin was working the front desk at Fillenwarth Beach at the time. She ran two blocks to the scene and began administering CPR for about 5 minutes until Arnolds Park Police Chief Al Kruger arrived on the scene with an AED. Just as the ambulance arrived about 10 minutes after he collapsed, Burke started breathing on his own and regained a pulse. He was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital where he was treated. He continues his recovery.

Also honored was Jack Wassom of Dickens who assisted a man who was struck by a vehicle on Highway 18 in Clay county back on December 11th, 2017. Wassom, who was passing by the scene of the incident, pulled over, removed a belt from his waist, and used it as a tourniquet on the victim's leg to slow the bleeding. Wassom and another motorist stayed with the victim until rescue personnel arrived. Sadly, the victim passed away nine days later.

The awards were presented to Franklin and Wassom by Governor Kim Reynolds during a ceremony Thursday at the Iowa State Fair.