The Gilbert Police Department recently acknowledged the efforts of three people who engaged in life-saving activities during two separate incidents.
The ceremony, which took place at the Gilbert Town Council Chambers on Aug. 14, recognized Mesa Sgt. Dean Stephan, Gilbert Ofc. Ryan Barnhart and his wife, Amber, for going “above and beyond” their normal duties as civilians.
Stephans, who is a Gilbert resident, earned his recognition for an incident that nearly killed four high school students on May 19. According to a press release, Stephans, who was off-duty at the time, rushed with his stepfather to remove the students from a burning vehicle and took steps to make sure they were in good condition before emergency services arrived. A parent of one of the four students credited Stephans for saving the lives of all four students.
The incident involving the Barnharts took place on July 11 at a gym in the town and occurred when a former Gilbert firefighter went into cardiac arrest and stopped breathing. Both Barnharts proceeded to administer CPR to the man and continued to do so until members of the Gilbert Fire Department arrived. The crew provided the man an adrenaline shot and successfully resuscitated him before taking him to Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, where he made a full recovery.
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