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Rick Jeans, Ben Berry and Mike Thralls
At the monthly meeting of the Conservation Commission on March 6, OCC Chairman Rick Jeans (left) and Executive Director Mike Thralls (right) presented Ben Berry, Water Quality specialist, with a Conservation Commission Commendation.

Ben Berry Commended for Administering Emergency CPR

On Feb. 14, Ben Berry, OCC Water Quality specialist, was traveling on the job in rural Delaware County. He was flagged down by a woman whose husband had collapsed while working cattle. Ben found the man non-responsive, not breathing and without a pulse. Although the woman was frantic, she was able to call and direct emergency personnel to the location. Ben administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until the emergency medical service crew arrived and took over. When Ben arrived the man was blue in color and after a few CPR cycles the man's color had returned, indicating that Ben circulated oxygenated blood for the man and gave the EMS crew an opportunity to prolong the man's life.

Ben expressed that the situation was not pleasant, but one that he didn't really think about until it was over. Ben also had some suggestions for anyone trained in CPR. Not only is it important to remain familiar with the CPR protocol, but almost equally important is to familiarize yourself with the first aid kit, know exactly where the kit is located and how to assemble and use the CPR mask provided. "Many of us go to training each year and really don't think too much about the importance of these skills," Ben said. He said he is grateful that he had the skills and confidence to assist in a time of dire need.